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Your Message Received by NIH—Finally

Written by Alisa Mullins | July 21, 2014

Update: The good ol’ U.S. Postal Service has succeeded where others failed. When PETA made a third attempt to deliver 90,000 postcards objecting to experiments on cats at the University of Wisconsin–Madison—this time, via plain old first-class mail—the National Institutes of Health (NIH) had no choice but to accept the package. Please continue to keep up the pressure by sending e-mails to NIH calling on it to stop funding these cruel experiments.

Originally posted on July 16, 2014:
When we asked PETA members and supporters to pen postcards to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) urging the agency to stop funding cruel sound-localization experiments on cats at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW), 90,000 of you responded.

Postcards returned by NIH

You reminded NIH that in these archaic experiments, cats have steel posts screwed into open wounds on their heads and metal coils implanted in their eyes and some are intentionally deafened.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) fined UW-Madison more than $35,000 for seven separate violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including an incident in which a cat named Broc, who has been tormented in this experiment for more than a decade, was severely and carelessly burned during surgery. A USDA inspector also found “a pattern of recurring infections” in these cats, which led to the deaths of Double Trouble, Slinky, and others.

Postcards rejected by NIH

We loaded your postcards into boxes and mailed them to several NIH offices, including the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, which is funding the experiments with your tax dollars. And that’s where we hit a snag. Craig Jordan, the institute’s director of the Division of Extramural Activities, refused to accept the packages.

Boxes of Postcards Rejected by NIH

Next, we called Mr. Jordan and asked him very politely to accept the delivery. He pretty much told us, “Talk to the hand,” although not in so many words.

What You Can Do

Some people just can’t take “no” for an answer—and we hope you are one of them.

While we work to get the petitions into the best hands possible at NIH, please keep the pressure on by asking NIH to stop spending millions in taxpayer dollars to torture cats. We must do all that we can to ensure that the pleas to save these animals don’t fall on deaf ears.

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  • ever heard the phrase “first do no harm”?

  • Nola Hampel says:

    92 out of 100 tests that pass on animals FAIL when translated to humans … SO why is the NIH wasting so much taxpayer money on cruel, barbaric and essentially useless animal experiments ?
    After all these many years, and at the cost of the lives of so many thousands of innocent animals WHERE are all the results that prove this is beneficial to humans. Where are all the cures that one would have expected by now…. honestly,… what has the NIH actually achieved other than notoriety as an evil business.

  • Kelly says:

    Any chance we can send MORE postcards on our own to NIH or UW-Madison? If I had the information, I’d gladly do so. I’m happy for the support of this issue. Thanks for your work!

  • Lisa Leake says:

    Dear NIH,
    Now that you have signed a HUMANE law to release 900 innocent CHIMPS from cruel and useless laboratory “experimentation,” (not that you have in any way fulfilled your promise) how about extending that simple human kindness to cats? Why not just post all of the hard data from these sadistic acts which PROVE that EXPERIMENTATION ON CATS IS APPLICABLE TO HUMANS? Maybe that is all we want to see? Can you do this??????? If not, then STOP NEEDLESS EXPERIMENTATION ON CATS AND OTHER INNOCENT ANIMALS. I simply do not understand how you, the U.S. Federal Government, can be so Godless. I am ashamed of you.

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