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Scientists Sew Up Kittens’ Eyes In Shocking Experiment

Scientists Sew Up Kittens’ Eyes In Shocking Experiment

More than 30 kittens were used in tests funded by British taxpayers to find out how the brain responds to sensory deprivation. The tests took place at the University of Cardiff, in Wales. Specifically, scientists were sewing up kittens’ eyes for a shocking experiment.

All of the kittens were put down after the study. Five had their eyes sewn closed for up to a week.
Twenty-six new-born kittens were raised in darkness for up to 12 weeks.

As reported in The Daily Mirror, Comedian Ricky Gervais led the fury.

He said: “I am appalled that kittens are being deprived of sight by having their eyelids sewn shut.
“I thought sickening experiments like these were a thing of the past.”

The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection’s Michelle Thew added: “This is unacceptable cruel research. “The public will be shocked to learn of publicly-funded experiments where kittens have been subjected to this.”

Meanwhile, researchers insist the experiments at Cardiff University are humane and took place in a bid to find a cure for lazy eye in children, which can lead to blindness. As someone who has suffered from lazy eye since birth, I can assure everyone that I yearned for a cure from this syndrome, but I would prefer to keep my lazy eye rather than know that kittens’ eyes were being sewn together.

The University of Cardiff defended the experiment, which ended in 2010.

However, Ricky Gervais, The Office creator told The Mirror, “I am appalled that kittens are being deprived of sight by having their eyelids sewn shut. I thought sickening experiments like these were a thing of the past.”

A statement from The University reads,

“Cardiff University rejects the accusation this experiment is cruel or unnecessary. It is impossible to use any other kind of ­technique for this study.

“The work was approved by both the University’s ethical review process and the Home Office Animals in Science Regulation Unit as part of the licensing process.”

Dominic Sullivan, Cats Protection’s Director of Legal Services, said: “We are not sure why Cardiff University used cats in this case. “The law is quite clear, a licence cannot be granted by the Home Office to use cats in scientific experiments unless animals of no other species are suitable for the purpose of the programme. This might be the case in, say, developing a cat vaccine.

!If you believe that these experiments are  beyond outrageous, please sign our petition telling Cardiff University in Wales to stop conducting frivolous and sadistic experiments on animals.

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5:17PM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

I am always being told that veganism causes “the least suffering”. Well, here is a case of a very small amount of animals suffering minimal pain but loss of life to prevent/cure a condition that is currently suffered by 200 million people. Many of those people suffer extreme vision loss, headaches and social isolation (I’m one of them). The information gleaned from these sad tests will lead to the cure/prevention of other conditions that cause hundreds of millions of others immense suffering. This is the path of “least suffering”.

11:21AM PST on Mar 3, 2013

sooo disgusting, and heartless !!!

9:38AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

morons .................

10:27AM PST on Feb 23, 2013

THESE CRUEL "EXPERIMENTS' ON NON-HUMAN ANIMALS HAS TO STOP. WE NEED TO STOP WASTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON THESE KIND OF RUBBISH. MOST OF THESE RESULTS ARE NEVER TRANSLATED INTO HUMAN USAGE AND SERVE MORE TO PROP UP ACADEMIC RESEARCH, ETC. SHAME ON THESE PEOPLE WHO SHOW SO LITTLE CONCERN FOR THE MILLIONS OF ANIMALS ABUSED/KILLED ANNUALLY FOR SUCH ROT.
REALLY-NEWBORN KITTEN'S EYES SEWN SHUT TO PROVE THAT THE WEAKER EYE ONCE IN DARKNESS WILL STRENGTHEN! SO LETS APPLY THIS IMMEDIATELY!

7:52AM PST on Feb 22, 2013

rejoint

11:59AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

This is horrific!!

2:23PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

It has to stop,, these poor animals dont have a say or a choice,, they do have a life and should be allowed to live it.

1:23PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

It is wrong.

12:12PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

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12:12PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

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