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UW Experimenters Made to Face the Music

Written by Michelle Kretzer | September 18, 2012

Students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW) likely had no idea that as they made their way to class, they were passing by a laboratory in which cats, exactly like the ones many of the students would return home to, were being tormented and killed in gruesome experiments. But PETA set out to show the students exactly what was going on behind closed doors on their campus and to enlist their support to get the experiments stopped.

UW experimenters did not want information about their cruel sound localization experiments on cats to be released, and they fought PETA for more than three years to try to keep the information under wraps. But we sued the school for release of the disturbing pictures taken of the laboratory’s feline victims—and got the photos.  

PETA members marched onto campus holding signs emblazoned with the graphic images of Double Trouble, one of the many cats UW abused. UW faculty drilled holes into Double Trouble’s head, screwed a steel post to her skull, implanted electrodes in her brain, and put coils in her eyes. They dripped toxic chemicals into her ears to deafen her, then implanted devices in both ears. During at least two of these surgeries, Double Trouble’s anesthesia was inadequate, and she woke up or was conscious and likely in pain.

Experimenters immobilized Double Trouble’s head and made her try to locate sounds coming from different directions. They starved her for days in order to make her cooperate during these experiments in exchange for a piece of food. When the experimenters were done using Double Trouble, they killed and decapitated her.

And after all the pain and trauma that Double Trouble was subjected to, the experimenters admitted that the project was a failure. Meanwhile, institutions around the world study how the brain locates sounds by using advanced methods with human volunteers.

Many UW students signed PETA’s petition asking the National Institutes of Health to stop giving the school taxpayer money to fund these cruel experiments. You can, too.

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  • Cherry says:

    This experiment was a fail. They torchered those poor cats for a dumb experiment that didn’t work! Really more and more cats are being used and getting put down for a d.u.m.b experiment! We all need to help stop it from continuing. I wathed videos & saw pictures then instantly thought about my cat! Really people? These experiments need to stop!! It’s nothing but animal cruelty! There are plenty of other methods to doing these experiments without hurting and killing a living thing. What about theses crazy people that go around hurting and killing people and animals, yet its okay for the people of UW to do this to cats? >_< I’m 100% against it. Its dumb and barberic! Find a new way! “in the name of science” yeah whatever. Great excuse.

  • Jessica says:

    The project was a failure? So that poor cat endured so much pain for nothing. :( Just another example of how these experiments are pointless and disgusting. These pathetic excuses for human beings deserve to have the same thing done to them.

  • jeannette says:

    These experiments are nothing but barbaric.The white coated people who did this should hang their heads in shame and be brought to justice.They are only interested in the funding they recieve and do not care how cruely they abuse these poor defenceless animals. This practice needs to be stopped and the funding they recieve be taken away from them.Like i stated its all about MONEY!!!

  • jeannette says:

    These experiments are nothing but barbaric.The white coated people who did this should hang their heads in shame and be brought to justice.They are only interested in the funding they recieve and do not care how cruely they abuse these poor defenceless animals. This practice needs to be stopped and the funding they recieve be taken away from them.Like i stated its all about MONEY!!!

  • Elizabeth Lanson says:

    I felt physically ill for this poor cat, who looked just like one of my babies (named Luke) who recently went over the Rainbow Bridge. While my Luke was pampered and loved for years, this poor cat knew only pain and suffering and loneliness.

  • Sharon F. says:

    Vivisection is a barbaric, unimaginably cruel form of torture. If these white coated butchers think it is necessary let them volunteer to be the subjects. They could have a lottery.Congrats, PETA. You are waging a serious campaign, one that will get more attention than “I’d rather go naked than wear fur”.

  • Christine says:

    Lisa, I agree with you! :( I looked and looked, and asked other people to look and they posted this on facebook. I sent a personalized, and of course polite, e-mail to this horrid college. I am a total cat/all animal lover, as well as a vegan, thanks to PETA, the skinny bitches, and horrid, not to mention unnecessary, atrocities to animals such as this. Everyone needs to speak up against animal abuse every where! Go VEG!

  • Janie says:

    Remember everyone. YOUR tax dollars paid for this white collar crime!

  • Lcpforanimals says:

    This is disgusting. As a scientist and a avid fan of neuroscience I find this wrong on several levels.

  • lisa says:

    We all around the world need to help stop these barbaric experiments from continuing, how many of you looked at the pics of Double trouble and thought omg she looks just like one of my cats??? i did.

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