What is your school doing behind closed doors? Following a complaint filed by PETA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed cat abuse in taxpayer-funded brain experiments at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW-Madison) and fined the school more than $35,000 for seven separate violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
In one incident, a cat named Broc was severely burned by UW-Madison staff during surgery. Broc has been confined to a cage at UW-Madison for 12 years and is still imprisoned there today. A cat named NJ even had to have her eye removed after a metal coil became the site of frequent, serious infections.
A federal inspector reported that all the cats whom PETA profiled in its complaint had been “diagnosed with chronic infections” after having steel posts screwed to their heads and metal coils implanted in their eyes. The USDA noted that some cats had died because of these infections.
Double Trouble was tormented for months in a taxpayer-funded “sound localization” experiment. The gentle orange tabby developed serious infections, became depressed, and started to twitch, and half her face became paralyzed. Records show that Double Trouble’s anesthesia wore off during one surgery and that she woke up to what was likely a painful and horrifying experience as experimenters were cutting into her head and skull.
Experimenters justified using 30 cats per year not by saying that the experiments would lead to improvements in human health, but rather by stating that they needed to “keep up a productive publication record that ensures our constant funding.”
The federal government continues to support this cruel project and UW-Madison continues to experiment on cats, even though researchers around the world are already using modern methods with human volunteers to investigate how the brain locates and processes sound.
The cats in UW-Madison’s labs continue to suffer. Please copy this entire block of e-mail addresses below, paste it into the “Send” field on your e-mail, and send a polite note to the members of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents asking them to stop these cruel experiments immediately:
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