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UW-Madison Stops Cruel Experiments; Cats Saved

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Posted January 23, 2015 by Kim Johnson

Since PETA exposed the cruel and useless sound-localization experiments on cats at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW-Madison), prompting thousands of people like you to take action, the federal grant money has expired, the lead experimenter has retired, and the lab has closed its doors. The remaining four cats in the laboratory, including 3-year-old tabbies Rainbow and Mango, have been adopted into private homes.

Rainbow and Mango, seen here with devices implanted into their skulls, have now been adopted.

Rainbow and Mango, seen here with devices implanted into their skulls, have now been adopted.

Like dozens of other cats in the lab over the past two decades, Mango and Rainbow had holes drilled into their skulls, metal posts screwed into their heads, and steel coils implanted in their eyes. The cats were also subjected to stressful and frightening experiments during which they were restrained by the head for hours on end while they were forced to listen to sounds coming from different directions. Many suffered from recurrent infections and other painful complications.

The decision to rehabilitate and adopt out Rainbow and Mango came as a surprise, as UW typically experimented on cats for as long as a decade until they were no longer “useful” or were too sick to continue and then killed, decapitated, and dissected them. This was the case with Double Trouble.

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Experimenters kept abusing Double Trouble for months until eventually they deemed the project a failure and killed and decapitated her.

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 anesthetics 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 kept abusing Double Trouble for months until eventually they deemed the project a failure and killed and decapitated her.

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In 2014, following a complaint filed by PETA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed cat abuse in taxpayer-funded brain experiments at UW-Madison and fined the school more than $35,000 for seven separate violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

After hearing about Double Trouble’s story and learning about the other cats abused in the lab, thousands of people like YOU took action demanding that UW-Madison end these cruel experiments. Thank you to everyone who helped make this tremendous victory possible!

Although this UW-Madison lab has closed its doors for good, animals used for experiments are still suffering at other universities every day. Here’s how you can help them: 

1. If you or someone you know works in your school’s lab, contact us if you see something wrong. 2. Write a letter to the editor of your campus paper about the cruelty behind animal experimentation. 3. Join or start an animal rights group on your campus. 4. Spread the word about animal experimentation! Share this story with your friends and family. facebook share button twitter share button

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