Target: Bill Mellon, Associate Dean for Research Policy at UW-Madison
Goal: Punish the University of Wisconsin-Madison for torturing cats.
The University of Wisconsin has been experimenting on the brains of cats for several months, cruel and painful experiments that leave most of the creatures involved chronically infected or severely injured. Following a complaint by PETA (People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals), the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) conducted an official investigation of their practice, which was followed by a citation for violating animal protection laws. PETA’s allegations were officially confirmed in March 2013, and the lab now faces fines. Unfortunately, UW-Madison is still denying any cruel practices, and plans to appeal the citation.
The experiments conducted on the cats involved consisted of planting metal coils into their eyes and steel posts screwed into their heads. This could supposedly measure how cats perceived sounds. To motivate the cats to participate, they were starved for several days prior to being experimented on, so they could be coerced with a small piece of food. According to a federal inspector, there was “a pattern of recurring infections” in the eyes of the cats, including one unlucky cat, NJ, whose eye was so badly damaged that it needed surgical removal. Other cats have died from these procedures. What might be even worse is that though the inner workings of this process have been revealed, there are still cats trapped in the lab, being tortured for experiments that have already been deemed as cruel by the government itself.
At this time, UW-Madison denies that they have done anything wrong, and is still attempting to appeal the conclusion reached by a comprehensive evaluation of their practices so that they can continue to conduct torturous experiments on innocent animals. By signing the petition below you can help urge UW-Madison to stop trying to appeal the citation, accept their mistakes, and move forward. You can help save the lives of animals who need your help right now.
Dear Associate Dean of Research Policy Bill Mellon,
The cruel experiments conducted on cats in labs at UW-Madison have left many innocent creatures with chronic infections, scarring, burns, malnutrition resulting from starvation, and for some, death. These experiments were passed under the guise of forwarding science, but what they have really done is forward the barbaric and inhumane treatment of animals.
Following claims by Peta, University of Wisconsin’s animal testing labs were investigated by the USDA and cited with violating laws regarding animal protection. Instead of accepting that they made a mistake, however, UW continues deny their involvement with inhumane practices. I am writing to urge you to save the animals trapped in your labs-stop attempting to appeal the decision made by the USDA. Please use your power to help innocent lives.
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