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Bill Maher Calls Out UW-Madison’s Cruel Experiments on Cats—Literally

Written by Alisa Mullins | October 8, 2013

Bill Maher has given the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW) a wake-up call—literally. The host of HBO’s Real Time recorded a message on PETA’s behalf that was auto-dialed today to every member of UW’s staff, faculty, and student body as well as to UW’s Board of Regents and residents living near the school’s campus.

“On this very campus, dozens of live cats have holes drilled into their skulls, steel posts screwed to their heads, and metal coils implanted in their eyes,” Maher said. “Some cats have had their ears cut off. Others are intentionally deafened. … It strikes me that it’s not the cats who need their heads examined …. I’m calling on you to join me in helping to end this abuse.”

Prompted by a PETA complaint, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) report released just last week confirmed PETA’s allegations that UW failed to take adequate steps to avoid the cats’ infected, open head wounds and to treat them and that UW’s justification for the use of cats and the number of cats used was inadequate. NIH took the exceptionally rare step of ordering UW to suspend the experiments for nearly six months while major changes were implemented. The NIH findings echo a separate report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in February, also prompted by a PETA complaint, which found rampant infections among the cats used in these experiments. Some infections were so severe that they resulted in the removal of one cat’s eye and the euthanasia of several cats.

What You Can Do

Please join Bill Maher in urging UW to put an immediate, permanent halt to these cruel experiments.

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  • I have never agreed with Bill Maher about anything, but he is spot on about the need for these horrible and useless “experiments” to cease. STOP.THEM. NOW.

  • yu says:

    Please stop… I read this in the afternoon and I couldn’t stop thinking about this now.
    I m in south east asia now but if were there, I would do everything to stop this. these people are not human T^T

  • Brianna says:

    This needs to be stopped

  • Dorciah says:

    Please! Please! Stop this terrible research.

  • Angela says:

    Stop this it is sickening and isn’t right UNHUMAN!

  • Gareth Lee Meredith says:

    This is so sad. We really don’t need to be doing these horrible experiments any more. There is no need for it. Scientific curiosity is not a reason to be cold-hearted and evil.

  • Emelia says:

    UW, how is drilling holes into cats heads and cutting their ears off in any help making earth a better place to be? This is not what a human should do. No matter what, You do not have any rights to purposely take away innocent lives like this.

  • Weilin T says:

    Please stop. Research doesn’t have to be so cruel.

  • Julie says:

    Im a cat owner and seeing this video broke my heart!!! STOP this animal cruelty!!! This is not right!!!

  • mindy mason says:

    You should be ashamed of yourself. Stop this atrocity..

  • Princess Rombold says:

    This is pure torture, they should be ashame of themselves for doing that to such harmless animals.Espcially knowing it’s cats,cats and dogs are our main pets in this world.And the worst part is those poor cats can’t even speak up for themselves they have to live their life in such a cruel environment.This seriously needs to stop! These people are such an disgrace to this earth,they will rot in hell.And obviously whatever they are trying to proceed isn’t even working so why keep trying? They just keep putting more and more poor cats life line at risk.They obviously need to put themselves in that cats place to see all the torture and pain they are going through when they haven’t even done anything wrong to deserve such abuse.

  • Stop this insane way of treating cats, NOW! No animal should go through this!

  • Kim says:

    I think you should all be imprisoned for this horrible cruelty!!! cutting and drilling animals for your experimental amusement is completely unorthodox!!! What is wrong with you, have you no heart???

  • vicky says:

    No this is absultly crul, why are you doing this, just stop it it’s an devil thing to d the, what are you achieving by doing this to cats?

  • fight says:

    Stop this anima abuse

  • jordy says:

    No such experiment is necessary to do on an animal as extreme as this. I am not just saying that because I am an animal lover, but because this is truly animal cruelty and those Who participate in such an act should be prosecuted!!!

  • maria says:

    This is heart breaking, how would you like me to do this too you. Dont tell me it is science, those are living souls. You are torture and killing those cats, imagaine that is your child or mom. Omg

  • Jamie jacobs says:

    This is ridiculous and horrible to do this to a poor animal that can’t speak for itself. How bout we switch and put those same scientist through what they are putting poor animals through. This needs to stop now they depend on us for love and care but not to be tortured!!!

  • Denise Mason-Summers says:

    Disgusting so wrong. Stop doing this to animal. So sad there not born for this.

  • Gwen bransdor says:

    This is wrong in so many ways what is wrong with these people that is a living thing… The people who do this are sick in the head… This should stop now poor kitty

  • Barb says:

    What a bunch of sick people. Poor cats, how would these horrible, sick people like us to experiment on them. Its so cruel this needs to end.

  • Bev says:

    This has got to stop. There has to be a better way, as this is just not right! Come on people, join in and help.

  • Lily Ralston says:

    I’m a 14 year old girl.& seeing this video broke my heart.. What if someone put a pole through your skull? Cats don’t deserve this. If you wouldn’t do it to a human. Don’t do it to an animal. Cause they have the same feelings as us, we both have a skeletal system & blood running through our veins. I’d take poles to each and everyone of these peoples heads to see how they like it.

  • dan perez says:

    Stop no more dead cats


  • Margie says:

    I watched that video it was apauling. They gotta stop this. It upset my husband and I. We’ll be writing to the governor to shut them down.

  • Anna-Louise McCabe says:

    These ignorant, heartless so-called-“scientists” disgust and disturb me to my very core. Let us do ANYTHING to make sure EVIL acts (for I can think of no truer word) are stopped.

  • Batz says:

    This is so wrong! I’ve videos like this more where animals being killed either for no reason, animal experimenting, or food, And they’re all being tortured in the progress, this needs to stop! From animals it’ll soon go to people! Let the poor creatures be!

  • diane didonato says:

    Pure Evil this needs to stop how cruel it should be banned or against the law

  • This makes me ashamed to live in Wisconsin
    also giving Wisconsin a bad reputation this crap needs to stop!!!

  • Come on really doing this to poor kitties really giving Wisconsin a bad reputation im ashamed ro live in Wisconsin when I hear this crap!!!

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