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Mehmet Oz, better known as Dr. Oz, has spent his career making dangerous and baseless medical claims, often for products promising consumers miraculous results. Now, in a review of the 75 studies published by Dr. Oz at Columbia University, researchers found that between the years of 1989 and 2010, his research tortured dogs, rabbits, baby cows, and more in horrendous experiments.

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This week, Jezebel reported the allegation that Dr. Oz oversaw medical research that “killed over 300 dogs and inflicted significant suffering on them and the other animals used in experiments.”

They found that the Republican Senate candidate’s research team conducted experiments on at least 1,027 live animals, including dogs, pigs, calves, rabbits, and small rodents. The experiments killed at least 329 dogs, 31 pigs, and 661 rabbits and rodents.

PEOPLE spoke with veterinarian Catherine Dell’Orto, who was within weeks of the start of her post-doctoral fellowship in the research labs at Columbia’s Institute of Comparative Medicine in July 2001. Dell’Orto told PEOPLE that she witnessed the inhumane treatment of dogs in lab experiments in which Oz was the “principal investigator”. She said that the experiment included leaving dogs in pain and paralyzed for weeks, where there was no discernible research benefit before they were euthanized or died days later.

“When someone makes the choice to use an animal in a research experiment they should be 100 percent committed to reducing any suffering that animal will experience,” says Dell’Orto. “And I did not see that happening with Oz. I saw the opposite.”

Oz’s Senate campaign spokesperson Brittany Yannick told PEOPLE, “Dr. Oz was not personally involved in these incidents and to say otherwise is a lie. His name was on some forms due to his role within the Department of Surgery.”

However, according to Columbia’s website when a person is named says that when one is named principal investigator of a research study, he or she “has overall responsibility for safety and compliance in his or her laboratory,” PEOPLE reported.

In another study led by Dr. Oz, the team took a litter of puppies and injected expired drugs directly into their hearts without any sedation. “Upon being killed, the puppies were allegedly left in a garbage bag with living puppies who were their littermates.”

Now, Dr. Oz is running as a Republican for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat. It’s clear that due to his long history of spewing medical misinformation and torturing animals, he should not be in the Senate.

Sign this petition to demand that Dr. Oz end his campaign for Pennsylvania state Senate!

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