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We just don’t think it’s a good idea. A man who spent decades subjecting thousands of animals to painful tests should not become the new director of a county animal shelter. But that’s what may happen in Orange County (Florida).

Orange County is hiring a Manager for its Animal Services Division. Unfortunately, one of the leading candidates for the job (according to the county) is Robert Ridgway, DVM. Since March 2006, Dr. Ridgway has been employed by the county as a shelter veterinarian. But between 1991-2001, Dr. Ridgway was Director of Laboratory Animal Medicine at Covance, one of the world’s largest animal testing companies. Covance is hired by pharmaceutical and chemical companies to test products on animals. Every day in Covance labs, thousands of animals suffer and die in painful tests. (Visit www.CovanceCruelty.com to learn more about this horrible company.) In his application for the Manager position, Dr. Ridgway boasted that at Covance one of his responsibilities was, “procurement of over 29,000 animals annually and coordination of animal use.” He was also personally involved in testing chemicals on animals. Before Covance, Dr. Ridgeway worked in animal research labs operated by the U.S. military.

An individual who can send thousands of animals to their deaths in cruel tests is the wrong person to manage Orange County’s Animal Services. There are other highly-qualified applicants for this position.

Another scary thought: unlike many states, Florida has no law prohibiting “pound seizure,”  the sale or release of cats and dogs from a shelter to a research, testing or educational facility.

We do believe that vivisectors can change their ways. The best example of this may be Donald Barnes, who for more than 15 years experimented on monkeys and other animals at an Air Force laboratory in Texas. Today, Barnes is one of the finest voices in the anti-vivisection movement. But Mr. Ridgway has given us no indication that he’s had a similar change of heart.

Please contact the Orange County Commission and urge them to reconsider selecting Dr. Robert Ridgway as Orange County’s new Manager of Animal Services.

County Mayor Richard Crotty
E-mail: mayor@ocfl.net

Commissioner Teresa Jacobs
E-mail: district1@ocfl.net

Commissioner Fred Brummer
E-mail: district2@ocfl.net

Commissioner Mildred Fernandez
E-mail: district3@ocfl.net

Commissioner Linda Stewart
E-mail: district4@ocfl.net

Commissioner Bill Segal
E-mail: district5@ocfl.net

Commissioner Tiffany Moore
E-mail: district6@ocfl.net

4 Responses to “Vivisector to be new animal services director?”

  1. on 04 Aug 2013 at 6:06 pm Sherry Decker

    Noway can you hire Dr. Ridgway! No No No No !!!! You all need to remember who provides your pay checks every week. Yeah, that’s right, it’s us the voters and taxpayers!! Start acting responsibly or find another job!!

  2. on 21 Aug 2013 at 6:18 pm Pablo

    Dr. Ridgeway is a real piece of shit. nice job hiring a pompous asshole.

  3. on 21 Aug 2013 at 8:04 pm Heidi Jackson

    As a resident of Florida - a tax payer. I request that you do NOT hire Dr. Ridgeway. The animals deserve better than that.

  4. on 12 Jan 2014 at 12:31 pm kristi

    This should be voted on. Can’t believe they would hire this man! This needs to get on the news asap.

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