Target: University of Cardiff President Sir Martin Evans
Goal: Apologize for a cruel experiment in which kittens had their eyes sewn shut
Comedian Ricky Gervais is leading the charge to condemn a publicly funded experiment in which the eyelids of kittens were sewn shut at the University of Cardiff. Constituents are outraged at the unimaginably cruel premise for the University’s study which they claim conformed to humane standards for laboratory research. Animal research is an outdated waste of money and innocent life. The University of Cardiff owes the citizens of Britain an apology and an assurance that an experiment like this will never take place again.
The University conducted the study to find a cure for lazy eye in children and insists that its methodology was approved by both the University’s own ethical review board and the Home Office Animals in Science Regulation unit. More than 30 kittens were used in the experiment, all of which had to be killed when the experiment was completed. Five of them had their eyes sewn shut and 26 were raised in darkness for up to 12 weeks. Advocates for the study claim that animal research is necessary for experiments such as this and that the kittens were treated humanely. Others aren’t so convinced, including Gervais and Ingrid Newkirk of PETA who claims that such experiments hurt far more than they do good. Another advocate for felines claims that the laws under the Home Office Animals in Science Regulation standards allow only for kittens to be used when no other animals can be found to be suitable.
We can only hope that animal research continues to become obsolete as new cruelty-free advancements make research more efficient and humane. If the University of Cardiff refuses to give up animal research altogether, it must at least ensure that such brutal experiments never take place in its institution again, especially when public money is involved. A serious review of both government and university standards is needed, along with an apology for the inhumane treatment of these animals.
Sir Martin Evans,
Revelations about a publicly funded study that involved the sewing of kittens’ eyelids shut that occurred at your university are shocking and outrageous. Research scientists kept 26 kittens in darkness for up to 12 weeks and at the end of the experiment, all of the more than 30 cats were left dead. The university claims that the research gained approval from the ethical review board and the government agency responsible for regulating the use of animals in laboratories. And though questions linger around the legality concerning the use of kittens in this case, the fact is the university’s ethical review board failed monumentally if they did not halt such a blatantly cruel experiment like this.
People are angry that their tax dollars went to funding an operation like this. And though the possibility of the University of Cardiff rejects animal testing altogether may unfortunately be less realistic than many of us would hope, the university has a responsibility and duty to the people of Britain to go above and beyond the minimal standards for animal welfare. And just as we have failed the innocent cats who had to lose their lives in this experiment, the university has failed to respect the people of Britain who want at least a basic humane standard for animal testing. Though we sincerely and respectfully ask that the university would condemn the outdated and brutal institution of animal testing altogether, you must at least apologize and ensure that an experiment like this never happens again. The ethical review board should revise its standard to incorporate a respect for animal life that goes far beyond any conventional guidelines. Please use your influence as president to make this a reality.
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