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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