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.”
“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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