Russia’s Dog Experiment With Breathing Technology Angers Animal Rights Community

A video of this deputy prime minister of Russia displaying breathing technologies on a dog has drawn criticism from animal rights supporters who say that it had been cruel mistreatment.

The Russian officer, Dmitry Rogozin, was showing off the results of some current Russian study that enables an organism to breath an abysmal liquid as opposed to air. The demonstration was for president Aleksandar Vucic.

In the clip, first broadcast a St Petersburg television news segment on Thursday, subsequently published on an Russian news website, a researcher submerges a dachshund called Nikolas into a container filled with the oxygen-rich liquid, a dark colored substance in a clear container. The scientist holds the dog under the surface, and the dog could be observed squirming and trying to find free. The dog is submerged headfirst, and stays this way, wriggling, for seveal seconds before becoming able to breathe.

Animal rights activists and critics on interpersonal websites aren’t happy.

896705636 Anton Tonshin, head of the Advanced Research Foundation liquid breathing lab, holds a dachshund Named Nicholas that took part in liquid breathing experimentation. Mikhail TereshchenkoTASS via Getty Images

“A Russian deputy PM with coworkers will be mistreating the poor dog. Mistreating individuals is not enough for these, they aren’t letting dogs reside,” read one tweet from a popular Russian site.

The demonstration was broadcast one day before Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a law meant to raise punishment for animal abuse.  

The general public outcry, which included a Facebook post from a prominent Russian journalist, Oleg Kashin, forecasting Rogozin’s actions “fascism,” led officials to perform damage control in reaction.

Rogozin stated he’d adopt Nikolas the dog, in reaction to this backlash, however continued to hail the study because of “breakthrough.” Although liquid breathing technology has been around for many decades, Rogozin stated that individuals have to have regard to the Russian scientists and their job, which state-owned news outlet referred to as “science fiction that has become reality.”

Response from other government officials has varied. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov was asked about the social networking backlash and defended using animals for scientific study.

“Is the dog living? Why are you asking questions? Nobody tortured [the dog] with water,” said Peskov.

But pro-Kremlin journalist Dmitry Smirnov wasn’t so certain about the method.

“This is, needless to say, progress along with also a breakthrough, however I’m sorry for the pet,” he said.