Sonia Horon, Global Animal

A disturbing PETA investigation revealed that the University of Wisconsin-Madison is conducting cruel experiments on cats. The experiments are taxpayer-funded “sound localization” studies, where cats have holes drilled into their skulls, electrodes implanted in their brains, and steel coils inserted in their eyes. In certain cases the cats have their ears cut off or have toxic chemicals put in their ear canals to purposely deafen them. They are also starved for several days. 

A tabby named Double Trouble undergoing senseless cruelty.
A tabby named Double Trouble undergoing senseless cruelty.

One of the 30 cats that the university tests on each year, a beautiful tabby named Double Trouble, was killed after the experiment on her was proclaimed a failure. But before her life ended, she suffered through barbaric experiments. The tabby cat woke up in the middle of one such experiment, when the examiners were in the middle of cutting her head open. After many surgeries, Double Trouble developed infections, became depressed and developed paralysis in half of her face.

Click to save cats from senseless mutilation at University of Wisconsin-Madison!

Perhaps the most disturbing fact of this situation is the researcher’s excuse for these needless experiments. A PETA journalist writes,”Experimenters have justified the use of 30 cats like Double Trouble per year in this cruel project not by saying that it would enhance human health but by stating that they needed to ‘keep up a productive publication record that ensures our constant funding.'” And it’s no surprise since they have already received $3 million in grant money from the government, even though many other programs are using up to date, cruelty–free, modern technology in similar studies. 

This archaic form of animal testing needs to go. Help save cats like Double Trouble by signing PETA’s petition. 

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20 COMMENTS

  1. I think it is absolutely despicable! Thoughtless, barbaric and completely disgusting. My cats are amazing, endlessly loyal and loving animals and I want to vomit at the thought of something like this happening to them or any living being. This is a disgrace to this University. Just awful!

  2. Absolutely no information comparing the methods of this study to more humane methods. They don't even discuss what the research was for. This is the kind of journalism that is the schism of modern intellect. I'm vegetarian. There are far worse things to be focusing on than animal testing, things that include hundreds even thousands of animals under one umbrella. This band-wagon hatred of animal testing should at least be founded on understanding the whole story.

  3. The human race can be disgusting and part of that has to do with the fact that we have made everything acceptable. We have dummied down education, we have made things that used to be private – public, we have, in the name of tolerance, tolerated the decline in human dignity and we have made wrong right – and right wrong. Just watch TV.

  4. How can I help to stop this madness? I feel nothing but pity for that university… in name of science or to fill your pockets with money? Is this cruelty really necessary? I don't think so, We need to stop this!