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Originally Posted: March 18, 2013
[Ed. Note: For more information, see Tell University of Wisconsin-Madison to STOP Abusing Cats in Ridiculous Experiments.]
Please take a moment to call the Dr. James F. Battey Jr. at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and politely ask that his agency immediately stop funding this cruel experiment on cats at University of Wisconsin.
Dr. James F. Batteym, Jr.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
National Institutes of Health
31 Center Drive, MSC 2320
Bethesda, MD USA 20892-2320
phone (301) 402-0900
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
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.
In a scathing report just obtained by PETA, a federal inspector found "a pattern of recurring infections" among the cats and that all the cats whom PETA profiled in its complaint had been "diagnosed with chronic infections" after having steel posts screwed to open wounds on their heads and metal coils implanted in their eyes. The USDA also cited UW for a violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act for the school's abuse of Broc, pictured here. Experimenters burned Broc so badly with a heating pad that she required surgery.
The damning report notes that some cats, including Slinky, have become so ill because of infections that they were euthanized. Another cat named NJ even had to have her eye removed after the metal coil implanted in it because the site of a recurrent serious infection.
The government also released never-before-seen heartbreaking photographs of NJ, Broc, and the five other mutilated cats who are still alive in the laboratory. We now know the faces of the other victims of this laboratory, in addition to Double Trouble.
All these shocking revelations confirm what PETA has been saying for months: UW tortures animals and lies about it. It is long past time for the federal government to cut funding for this cruel and useless experiment. More than $3 million in tax money has been squandered on this abuse, and UW experimenters have nothing to show for it except a trail of suffering and dead cats.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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