The Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation was started in 1948 by Dr. Mark Morris Sr. to study ways to help prevent, treat and cure animal illnesses. What Dr. Morris intended for the foundation to be and what it is now are probably two different things. It is now a way for the Animal rights groups to make money. The Morris Animal Foundation is RUN BY ANIMAL RIGHTS PROPONENTS which is supported by AKC/UKC breed clubs with very high connections to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) including Andrew Rowan of HSUS/HSI who sits on an advisory committee to the NIH and the Morris Animal Foundation animal welfare advisory committee.

The recent past President of the Morris Animal Foundation is Patricia Olson.   Olson joined Morris Animal Foundation as its executive director in 2004. She was named president and CEO the following year. During her tenure, the nonprofit increased its funding of humane animal health and welfare research studies from $4.2 million in 2005 to an anticipated $9.3 million in fiscal year 2011, with a total commitment to research funding of more than $17 million over the next three years.  Patricia N. Olson, D.V.M., was appointed Chief Veterinary Advisor at American Humane Association in Feb. of 2011.  She also serves as an Humane Society Veterinarian Medical Association  Leadership Council member which is owned by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

The Morris Animal Foundation is used by the AKC Breed clubs to donate money for research in their specific areas of interest. This money is then granted out to the many different research facilities such as UC of Davis WHO HAD gross receipts in 2011 of 3.6 BILLION dollars. And where did that money come from?

There is BIG money is genetic research. The University of California also receives huge amounts of money from government sources. “Awards from the federal government rose to $400 million from $380 million the previous year. The largest single sponsor among federal awards was the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which includes the National Institutes of Health. DHHS grants to UC Davis researchers totaled $195 million. The U.S. Department of Agriculture was the second largest source of federal funds, awarding $56 million. The National Science Foundation was third at $48 million…..Funding from the state of California increased sharply. The 2011-12 total was $139 million, compared to $99 million in 2010-11 and $60 million in 2009-10.”

Just this past year, the Dalmatian Club of America gave the Morris Animal Foundation over $20,000.00 that will eventually be transferred to the University of California. An example of the poor and shoddy work that the UC Davis performs with the money that is donated by cash strapped breed clubs to the Morris Animal Foundation and distributed to the UC Davis was for a gene test developed specifically for Dalmatians that are known for being unique in their processing of uric acid.

The webpage that advertises the “test” states “Dogs that carry two copies of the mutation [Solute carrier family 2, member 9 (SLC2A9)] will be affected and susceptible to develop bladder/kidney stones.” The misleading information in this statement is that the test is not capable of determining if a dog will be affected with bladder/kidney stones and that the test was developed only to determine if a dog carries the specific gene that ALL Dalmatians carry although only a very small percentage of Dalmatians ever form stones. All dogs are susceptible to bladder/kidney stones regardless if they carry this one specific gene or not. This information was already known back in 1938 by research done by Trimble and Klemperer. Every test for each dog costs $50.00 through the UC Davis genetics laboratory and is being promoted to be used on every breed of dog.

Dr. Danika Bannasch is the Professor at the UC of Davis that was given a grant by the Morris Foundation to investigate why Dalmatians form urate stones.  She gave a lecture at the DCA National Specialty in 2007.  Dr. Bannasch’s presentation included her thoughts that the research was going very slowly.  In the Summer issue of the Spotter 2008, the DCA magazine, Carroll Weiss published an article that included research that was being conducted in England by MRC Human Genetics Unit, Western General Hospital, about the SLC2A9 gene that was published in April of 2008 in the NIH website.  That following August, Dr. Bannasch used that information and published an article stating that the SLC2A9 transport gene was the cause for urate stones in Dalmatians.  Dr. Bannasch is FULLY aware that only a very small percentage of Dalmatians form urate stones although “ALL” Dalmatians carry the SLC2A9 gene mutation.

Danika Bannasch, DVM, PhD, Professor of Genetics, Department of Population Health and Reproduction, nominated Powell for the El Blanco honor. “Denise revived an almost dead breeding experiment to produce ‘normal’ Dalmatians that will never develop urate bladder stones,” Bannasch explains. “We used these dogs to identify the gene and causative mutation for excretion of high levels of urate in Dalmatian urine.”  An excellent question for Dr. Bannasch would be:  “If ALL Dalmatians carry the SLC2A9 genetic mutation and only a few produce urate stones, how can you state that replacing that mutation with the ‘wild” gene will prohibit a dog from forming urate stones when more than the majority of dogs do not form urate stones with this mutation?  And what about forming other kinds of stones?  Mixed breed dogs, that supposedly do not carry the SLC2A9 mutation, are higher producers of stones than any breed of dog.  Most people view a mutation as a problem.  However, every single living organism carries mutations without any disease as a result.

Checking the article further, Dr. Danika Bannasch, professor in Genetics at the University of California Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, head researcher on this article, Conceived and designed the experiments, Analyzed the data, and Wrote the paper gave acknowledgments to Dr. Niels Pedersen and Robert Tryon for critical review of the manuscript. Dr. Bannasch’s work includes genetic research on HERDA in American Quarter Horses and related breeds.

Dr. Niels Pedersen is Distinguished Professor Director, Center for Companion Animal Health, Director Veterinary Genetics Laboratory. E-mail: , Dr. Danika Bannasch’s BOSS, and Dr. Robert C. Tryon, who wrote an article with Dr. Bannasch titled “Inheritance of hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia in Quarter Horses” was the “peer review” that this article received to be accepted in PLOS Genetics magazine. Stated within the article is “Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.” Dr. Tryon and Dr. Bannasch explore research in HERDA together. Peer review is supposed to mean that people of equal or higher knowledge than the researcher evaluates the methods and facts of the article to determine if it is factually correct. Peer review does not mean that your friends look your paper over and say, “Great job Joe.” Anyone want an A in 5th grade from your tests that were graded by your “peers”?

“Collaborating with Bannasch on this study were graduate students Noa Safra and Nili Karmi, staff researcher Amy Young and Professor Emeritus Gerald Ling, all from UC Davis, as well as Robert H. Schaible of Purdue University. 11 Sept 2008” The article was received at PLOS Genetics August 12 of 2008, the same time that it was reported that Dr. Gerald Ling was in a nursing home and then passed away on January 28, 2009. The attachment to Dr. Ling’s name throws great weight on the article. He was well respected for his research in urology. However, this research could not have been performed by him.

This research was supposedly started to find the cause of urate stones in Dalmatian dogs although there are MANY different versions to this story including research involving deafness in Dalmatian dogs. Dr. Irvin Krukenkamp, a Dalmatian owner and previous board member of the Dalmatian Club of America Foundation (DCAF), has served on scientific review panels for the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) for over 15 years and was instrumental in the research with Dr. Bannasch along with Dr. Robert Schaible, who started the Dalmatian backcross experiment, veterinary Medical Genetics Teacher at Purdue University, employment at “the Dalmatian Heritage Project”, an Assistant Professor of Medical Genetics at Indiana University School of Medicine, teaching second-year medical students, and board member at the American Kennel Club.

Where did the money come from that funded the research? According to the article “Funding: This work was supported by grant DK074954 from the NIH[National Institutes of Health] NIDDK. NS was partially supported by a fellowship from the Morris Animal Foundation.”

The government of the United States, through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), hands out money for genetic research like it is candy. Billions and Billions of dollars are poured into genetic research each and every year. Did it occur to anyone that Dr. Krukenkamp might have a conflict of interest since he sits on the scientific review committee in the NIH, owns backcross Dalmatians, worked on the backcross research with Dr. Bannasch, and Board Member of the Dalmatian Club of America Foundation (DCAF) at the time the article was published? DCAF, the very place that the Morris Foundation received a grant from to give to Dr. Bannasch at the University of California Davis. The Morris Foundation where Dr. Andrew Rowan, Chief Scientific Officer of the HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES(animal rights group), sits on the animal welfare board whose previous President until just last year was Dr. Patricia Olson DVM (of the Humane Society Veterinarian Medical Association, American Humane Association, Humane Society of the United States (animal rights groups)).

“The mission of the American College of Animal Welfare (ACAW) is to advance animal welfare through education, certification, and scientific investigation.” Dr. Gail Golab, director of animal welfare at the AVMA is the Gail Golab, President Elect of ACAW. Patricia N. Olson, DVM, PhD, one of the charter diplomats of the new ACAW, is the Chief Veterinary Advisor of the Animal Welfare and Research Institute, on the board of Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA)(AKA: HSUS), former president/CEO of the Morris Animal Foundation and also serves as an advisor for American Humane Association and other animal-health and welfare groups. She also served as an AVMA Congressional Science Fellow and has taught at three veterinary colleges. The same Dr. Olson that Dr. Golab wholeheartedly supported on an online animal welfare list. The same Dr. Golab that supports, by way of the AVMA, the Partners for Healthy Pets.

Partners For Healthy is a committee of the non-profit American Veterinary Medical Foundation that was created to ensure that pets receive the preventive healthcare they deserve through regular visits to a veterinarian.” TIER 1 partners with Preventive Pet Healthcare are Banfield Pet Hospital, Merck and Pfizer. Banfield Pet Hospital is owned by MARS. “A subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated, Banfield owns clinics in the United States, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Founded in 1955, the company operates many of its 800 plus clinics inside PetSmart stores.”

Debra S. Fair is vice president of corporate affairs for Mars Petcare US, headquartered in Franklin, Tenn, resident of the board for The PEDIGREE Foundation, and is on the Board of Directors for the American Humane Association, an animal rights group. “Mars, Incorporated, a company known for innovative consumer and pet food brands that are trusted by people around the world, has been deeply involved with canine genetics for many years” Patricia N. Olson, DVM, PhD, is Chief Veterinary Advisor for the American Humane Association, and a recent past President of the Morris Animal Foundation. Mars brags about their tests on AKC dog breeds. Now how could they brag about their canine genetic tests on AKC dogs unless they had access to the blood/DNA samples of AKC dogs?

And who but who is a partner of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) per their website? Canine Health Information Center (CHIC), American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (AKCCHF), Morris Animal Foundation, Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) and The Animal Health Trust. However, CERF made a statement on their website on November 6th, 2012 that they are not a partner with OFA. Every single research project that the OFA conducted since 2006 was paid for by either the Morris Animal Foundation or the AKC Canine Health Foundation!

The Canine Health Information Center, also known as CHIC, is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).”

And what’s more, another partner with OFA,…..The Animal Health Trust is in England. The Animal Health Trust was part of the APGAW. The APGAW is a “supporter” of the RSPCA (animal rights group) and….drum roll please…..The same RSPCA (animal rights group) that works with the Humane Society International (AKA: HSUS), that was a MAJOR part of Jemima Harrison’s derogatory film, Pedigree Dogs Exposed.

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