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Cat Tortured and Killed for Profit at University of Wisconsin

Cat Tortured and Killed for Profit at University of Wisconsin
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Steel coils are implanted in your eyes. Your inner ears are intentionally destroyed; you become deaf. Holes are drilled into your skull and electrodes implanted in your brain.

You wake up during one of many surgeries.

You are starved for days.

These are only some of the torments suffered by an orange tabby cat at the hands of  University of Wisconsin-Madison experimenters, according to PETA.

This is not a case that requires weighing potential benefits to human health against the suffering of non-human experimental subjects. This cat, Double Trouble, was tortured solely for prestige and profit. PETA reports that the school’s own excuse for the experiment was that it needed to “keep up a productive publication record that ensures our constant funding.”

Double Trouble’s case was never published because it was deemed a failure.

What happens to cats who fail at UW-Madison? For Double Trouble, it was the death penalty.

And what about this “constant funding” that the school was so eager for — where did it come from? American taxpayers. The federal National Institutes of Health paid for Double Trouble’s torture. The Wisconsin State Journal (the Journal) reports that the university is still conducting these experiments on other cats. The school uses 30 cats each year in this experiment.

NIH has given more than $3 million for the project that claimed Double Trouble’s miserable life. Clearly UW-Madison’s strategy for getting “constant funding” is working.

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2:47PM PDT on Sep 26, 2013

How is this possible?
How can this be accepted, tolerated?
What kind of human being is capable of committing such horrible acts?
Disgusting, appalling, beyond belief...
And this happens in a so-called civilized country. What a joke!

11:19PM PDT on Aug 21, 2013

You barbarians make me sick to my stomach!

7:04AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

How shameful!

8:21PM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Pretty disgusting.I guess researchers have to freeze their feelings of empathy for the torture they are responsible for.

12:56PM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Unfortunately for the animals, many scientists have become immune to care or concern for the well being of the animals. They are a means to an end, the experiment and publication After all, without publishing they do not get paid. NIH experiments on animals themselves, primates included, and they fund many grants at many institutions--like these. Care and Use committees are "supposed" to monitor this kind of crap, but many things are covered up, hence we have crap like this rearing its ugly head. This is unnecessary, these animals are innocent and none of them should be giving their lives for this kind of garbage science.

10:51AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

i am ashamed to say i live in WI. UW also has a vet school that enjoys charging excess fees on procedures, and it seems a lot of the pets die anyway. i would have thought since thay are all just 'learning' it would more along the means of, let's say, a beautician school....less costly prices for the services. anyway, it all SUCKS!!!

5:27PM PST on Dec 23, 2012

According to an expert in human brain research, Dr. Lawrence Hansen, experiments on this topic “can be” — and are being — “conducted ethically on human volunteers using sophisticated brain imaging and recording techniques.”
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If this is true, stop the animal experiments/torturing immediately. Double Trouble did not deserve this.

2:48PM PST on Dec 23, 2012

Is this really what educated people do 'for a living' the place should be closed or burnt down... you disgusting lot of morons.

11:46AM PST on Dec 22, 2012

Not acceptable....Those people need to be prosecuted .It is more then criminal....maximum penalty....

8:07AM PST on Dec 22, 2012

Laura i agree so i have to repost your comment

This is horrifying. This University should be boycotted for animal cruelty. Anyone who has cats or pets know how they feel pain and have real emotions. This poor animal had no defense. It was wondering what it did wrong to deserve such punishment. They trust us to keep them safe these people have broken this trust. I think we should make sure everyone knows what is going in at this school. Post this article on your facebook so more and more people can pass it on. Even people who aren't cat lovers would not want to see an innocent animal be tortured. Do not attend this school. Let them know this is unacceptable and we will boycott you until this ends.
Why don't you use the prisoners on death row for these experiments! The animals do not rob, murder or rape people! May you all burn in hell!!








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