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Ask University of Wisconsin to End Cruel Experiments on Cats!

For decades, the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) has allowed experimenters to conduct cruel taxpayer-funded “sound localization” experiments on cats like Double Trouble, a gentle orange tabby. In these experiments, cats have steel coils implanted in their eyes, holes drilled into their skulls, and electrodes implanted in their brains. Sometimes, they even have their ears cut off or are intentionally deafened by having a toxic chemical applied to their inner ear. They are then deprived of food for several days in order to coerce them to look in the direction of sounds during experimental sessions in which their heads are immobilized by a bolt screwed to their skulls.

Prompted by a complaint from PETA, a U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) official inspected this laboratory and found that there was “a pattern of recurring infections” and 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. During this investigation, the USDA also cited UW for violating the Animal Welfare Act because a cat named Broc was burned so badly with a heating pad that she required surgery.

More than 200,000 people have already contacted the federal government to ask that funding for these experiments be halted.

But UW also shares responsibility for approving and allowing this horrific abuse. Please use the form below to contact the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. Urge the board members to use their authority to halt these cruel experiments immediately.

Please send polite comments to (copy and paste entire block of email addresses into the SEND field on your email):,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Please feel free to use our sample letter, but remember that using your own words is always more effective.


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