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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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  • Olivia says:

    This is disgusting, how could a human being torture an innocent animal like that? Made my heart break, this needs to be stopped NOW.

  • Noah says:

    This must end now!

  • Donna says:

    Please stop this is beyond heartless and inhumane

  • What can we do to stop this cruelty??? Pls lets stop it… Its too inhumane… 🙁

  • I am against animal torturing.

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  • Blanca Limon says:

    Sick,cruel And sad,we need do something to stop this cruelty!

  • tolgakocakaya says:

    How is this even permitted? Isn’t this against the law there to do these experiments on animals?!

  • Zach71 says:

    It’s disgraceful that this is still happening in the 21st century & in America of all places. Torture masquerading as science. Researchers & ppl in general need to finally realize that animals were NOT put here to do with as we please.

  • Kristina says:

    These people have no souls or humanity left in them to do this.

  • ourpetsarefamilytoo says:

    Reminds me of how the Jewish people were treated in the Concentration Camps. How can we stop this?

  • Kitties4GOOX says:

    Most evolved states (even Kentucky) has laws that protects animals and charges abusers with FELONY animal abuse. However, I doubt these “researchers” could be rehabilitated! Sounds like some like to hide behind “it’s my job” yak! yak! yak! – “it’s for the good of humanity” more yak! yak! yak! Sounds like you have a haven for sociopaths and psychopaths up there at UNIVERSITY of WISCONSIN! Guess you folks in Wisconsin must be so proud, sopleased!!! Prison is too good. And hell may take a while. More immediate justice should be demanded! I’m for drilling holes in your head, cutting off ears, leaving some metal bolts in your heads uncared for to the point that they ooze massive infection. Then we will know we are on right path. Oh yeah, we will likely have to settle for assuring that ANY of you in the UW kitty torture department NEVER work around animals again. Or children. Or vulnerable persons.

  • flor says:

    paren esto porfavor detengan a esos malditos maltratadores de gatitos Dios hasta llore con esto pobre gatito vivio para sufrir

  • Armaan says:

    Stop doing this to cats! its CRUEL!THEY IGHT BECOME ENDANGERED whereever you are!

  • Terry Horner says:

    His terrible cruelty needs to stop. All funding should be cut off to such a barbaric institution. This teaches only cruelty to it’s most extreme. Such heartless, soulless cruelty can never be justified.

  • Cindy Nelson says:

    Im totally out-raged! Who do I call to bitch them out?

  • Forever Friend says:

    Could someone please organize a march on the capitol in Madison, WI, as these marches are well-known, for the DeLegalizing of Cruelty against cats, hopefully before it gets too cold out. thank you very much.

  • Michele Brewer says:

    This is sick and barbaric. PLEASE STOP TESTING ON CATS OR ANY ANIMAL!!!

  • Francie Gannon says:

    I have heard that animal torture is an early predictor for serial killers. An important question to ask is this: 1) what’s the difference between the actions of early serial killers and these so-called researchers? and 2) what is the long term effect of torturing small, helpless and innocent animals on these researchers? Is there really any difference? “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Gleici says:

    Animals must not be used on cruel experiments ! This must be stopped all over the world !

  • Ana silva says:

    This is what we call underdevelopment of minds!! It´s a shame…

  • becca blue says:

    I Can’t Believe This Kind Of Cruelty, In America. These Poor Defenseless Animals Feel Pain Just Like You So-Called Humans Do. And What The Hell Is The Reason For Doing This??? People Like All Of You Doing This Makes Me Value Animals Lives More Than Yours!!!

  • Dawson W. says:

    Stop this testing on cats, it’s messed up. I know a better thing to test on, you!

  • Jett says:

    We are surrounded by evil and sick devils. GOD will punish all. Mark my words!! This must stop!

  • Maria jdourou says:

    Stop animal torture!

  • Felicia Pechtold says:

    Please stop this cruelty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Debra Bridges Zane says:

    Vivisection on cats or any other animal is cruel and inhumane!

  • Anastasya says:

    Really, are these experiments so important and fundamental, that they justify such a cruel, inhuman treatment of animals? Can’t jou just do other research for getting your funding, where no living creatures would be involved in? Keep your hands off animals!

  • t l says:

    It boggles that mind that humans can suspend all sense and compassion to inflict such horror. Until we get that all creatures are equal and treat all with dignity, we are lost.

  • Jane Kostopoulos says:

    Cats are living creatures of God. They have feelings. There experiments should be done to those who do this! What is wrong with our society!

  • susan says:

    I’m embarrassed to say I live in WI

  • pat mcc says:

    Please stop these cruel experiments.. ridiculous and unnecessary use of animals for medical experimentation.

  • Daniela Perez says:

    I am schocked cannot believe humans are capable to do such horrifying cruelty on our friends that we share this planet with.I am so ashamed oh human beings nothing justify this to our Creator ,in the name of science?what can we do to stop this please tell me .Thank you

  • Indii says:

    This is INHUMAN!! Please stop cruelty to animals..

  • Kumari Karandawala says:

    UW, you need to stop using animals for research.

  • Mona says:

    Shame on you!! Shame on all of you. Stop this Now!! This is cruel and terrible.

  • Paul says:

    This reminds me of the communist Khmer Rouge, who tortured innocent people by pulling their victims’ nails and teeth. They chose any methods inflicting unimaginable pain and suffering. This practice is a step closer to that of the Khmer Rouge.

  • Tez says:

    This is disgusting and needs to be stopped!

  • Sonya Lindquist says:

    The one sign of a sociopathic individual with a potential toward violent crimes against human beings is the torturing of animals. Shut down? Some PI and those that joined him/her in this barbaric act of cruelty should be fined, jailed, and given full psychiatric evaluations to make sure they are not a danger to society.

  • Bill Groom says:

    Stop this immediately. This is unforgivable. Examine your conscience, you know it is wrong. You can learn what you need to know in other ways.

  • Cynthia says:

    This kind of cruelty comes from a very sick mind.

  • Tarah F. says:

    I have always felt that there is no justification for harming an animal, except for the purpose of life-saving self-defense. It seems to me that these poor cats are hardly in the position to threaten the lives of anyone. How can science continue to twist their desires for human cures as a means of justifying the torture, abuse and destruction of other living animals? To do so is inhumane – as in “un-human” – and should be stopped immediately and forever.

  • Cynthia says:

    This kind of cruelty comes from people who have very sick minds.

  • Debra Stonebraker says:

    What kind of sick, perverse, disgusting people do this…in the name of science? This is abhorrent and totally unacceptable. These labs should be shut down, and funding/ grants halted and put on probation from receiving further funding for any projects in the future. Shame on them!

  • sascha says:

    PLZ stop this awful act @ once I have pets this breaks my heart, all my pets are cats!

  • T says:

    We shall be known by how we treat the least of us. This is beyond cruelty, it is sadistic, medieval, unnecessary and criminal. How can any person with any feelings, any heart and any amount of caring possible impose these kinds of horrors on defenseless animals? Shame, shame on you. Imagine how they are apt to treat humans. Scary.

  • Mary says:

    One thousand death to these low life experimenting on defensless creatures. Burn in hell!

  • Angeli says:

    Heinous! Stop this cruelty!

  • Dawn says:

    Stop this inhumane abuse!

  • Star says:

    This is an outrage. There should be no purpose to this for any animal. This is not an experiment this is what people do when they are deranged, mutilating something. It does more than just sadden me to think that this would ever take place. I pity all those who thought of doing this and all the people who participated in doing this. This is a death sentence for these animals, also known as pets.