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NIH: Stop Letting UW-Madison Kill Cats!

This is Double Trouble:

Double Trouble

According to internal documents obtained by PETA, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) this gentle tabby cat had holes drilled into her skull, steel coils implanted in her eyes, and electrodes implanted in her brain, and she was intentionally deafened by having a toxic chemical applied to her inner ear.

Once, Double Trouble even woke up while experimenters were cutting into her head.

Double Trouble developed serious infections as a result of her mutilations. She became depressed and started to twitch, and half her face became paralyzed, likely a result of a sloppy surgery. But experimenters kept abusing her for months. Eventually, after she became too sick to continue and experimenters deemed the project a failure, they killed and decapitated Double Trouble. See more photos of Double Trouble.

A former UW veterinarian who oversaw the treatment of Double Trouble and other cats used in this laboratory recently issued a letter confirming this abuse, stating that many of the cats "suffered unnecessarily." 

It's not just Double Trouble who has been mutilated by UW. Other cats used in these experiments at UW have even had their ears cut off. Prompted by a complaint from PETA, the USDA inspected UW in December 2012 and found that all the cats whom PETA profiled in its complaint had been "diagnosed with chronic infections" after having steel posts screwed into open wounds on their heads and metal coils implanted in their eyes. In its scathing report, the USDA stated that some cats had become so ill as a result of their mutilations and resulting infections that they had to be euthanized. During this investigation, the USDA also cited UW for violating the Animal Welfare Act because experimenters negligently burned a cat named Broc so badly that she required surgery. Broc has been abused in this cruel experiment at UW for more than a decade.

Experimenters have justified the use of up to 30 cats like Double Trouble per year in this cruel project so that they can "keep up a productive publication record that ensures [their] constant funding." The federal government continues to support this irrelevant and deadly project and has provided UW with more than $3 million in taxpayer money to abuse cats even though researchers at other institutions around the world are already using modern methods with human volunteers to investigate how the brain locates and processes sound.

Tell the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to STOP funding the mutilation and killing of cats like Double Trouble at UW-Madison.

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