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Originally Posted: January 23, 2013
[Ed. Note: GOOD NEWS update, March 2013: Following a detailed complaint filed by PETA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed our allegations of rampant abuse of cats in a nightmarish taxpayer-funded laboratory at the University of Wisconsin Madison (UW) in which cats are mutilated, deafened, starved, and killed. See Tell Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to STOP Funding Cat Experiments.]
Remember the story of Double Trouble, a gentle orange tabby who was tormented and eventually killed by experimenters at the University of Wisconsin-Madison? Ask NIH to Stop Funding Cruel UW Experiment on Cats!
PETA has now released and filed complaints about
disturbing evidence detailing the traumatic stories of nine other cats who
were abused in the same laboratory.
Sadly Double Trouble's story is just one of many of abuse in this laboratory.
Cali, Broc, Daisy, Slinky, Timmy, Patches, Marble, Tiger, and Mama Grey were all imprisoned, cut into, starved, and forced to undergo the same cruel brain experiment as Double Trouble.
We urge you to spread the word and help get more people to take action by asking the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to STOP funding this cruel experiment!
Call the University of Wisconsin Boards of Regents at (608) 262-2324 and call Regent President Brent Smith at (608) 784-5678 and urge them to stop this cruel experiment on cats immediately!
National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
phone (301) 496-4000
Kevin P. Reilly
University of Wisconsin System President
phone (608) 262-2321
fax (608) 262-3985
1720 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Tell your Senators and Representatives it's time to send money to people working on human life alternatives...not to animal torturers:
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Here are the disturbing stories of nine other cats who were tormented in this experiment during the same time period as Double Trouble:
Cali (aka "G12") was a short-haired cat whom experimenters repeatedly injected with a highly toxic chemical in a crude attempt to intentionally deafen her. According to UW-Madison's records, Cali's health precipitously declined over the next several days. Her eyes were squinting; she became depressed, thin, and dehydrated; and experimenters had to force-feed her to keep her alive. Eventually, she could not stand on her own, and experimenters euthanized her.
Broc (aka "Cat 21") is a short-haired gray and white cat who had a metal post screwed to her skull that caused an open wound, which, according to UW-Madison's records, had "thick/purulent discharge" and "serious seepage." She became withdrawn, dehydrated, anorexic, agitated, lethargic, and depressed and repeatedly had digestive problems.
Daisy (aka "Cat 31") is a short-haired tabby cat who underwent the typical nine-hour surgery to implant metal coils in her eyes and ears and to screw a steel post to her skull. According to UW-Madison's records, Daisy lost 32 percent of her body weight when the laboratory intentionally starved her, and she suffered from repeated bacterial infections in her eyes and head.
Slinky (aka "Cat 26") is a short-haired tabby cat who had metal coils implanted in her eyes and ears and a steel post screwed to her skull. Afterward, according to UW-Madison's records, her face became severely swollen, "extend[ing] from eyes to ears on both sides."
Timmy (aka "Cat 33") is a white and grey cat who underwent surgery to have a steel post screwed to her skull and metal coils implanted in her eyes. Afterward, according to UW-Madison's records, her skin sutures did not hold together, her wound opened, and her skull was exposed. Her eye coils also caused irritation and had to be repaired.
Patches (aka "G04") was, according to UW-Madison records, a short-haired white, black, and red cat who developed swollen ears following her surgeries, but UW-Madison staff failed to pursue treatment. According to UW-Madison's records, an abscess developed the following month. Later, a purulent discharge was repeatedly observed around her head post, antibiotics were administered, and Patches was eventually euthanized.
Marble (aka "G03") was a short-haired calico cat who developed a purulent discharge around her steel-post head implant that UW-Madison staff noticed was emanating a "strong odor." According to UW-Madison's records, her overall health deteriorated, she was observed "not moving around," and she was eventually euthanized.
Tiger (aka "Cat 32") is, according to UW-Madison's records, a blue and white cat who underwent surgery to have a steel post screwed to her skull and coils implanted into her eyes and ears. Following her surgery, according to UW-Madison's records, her eyes were squinted, with bloody discharge present, and her head became swollen. Experimenters tried replacing her eye coils, but discharge was still present. The last record we have for Tiger indicates that she may still be alive and suffering in this condition.
Mama Grey (aka "Cat 28") was a blue short-haired cat whom UW-Madison staff noted was very thin as a result of her chronic starvation. According to UW-Madison's records, following surgery her head-post wound became infected, her eyes squinted shut, and she became lethargic. She was repeatedly observed rubbing her eyes, indicating discomfort, and she was eventually euthanized.
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