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UW-Madison Fined for Cruelty to Cats and More

Written by PETA | March 17, 2014

Update: The USDA has fined UW-Madison more than $35,000 for seven separate violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including the incident in which the cat Broc was negligently and severely burned by UW staff during surgery. Broc has “lived” in a cage at UW-Madison for 12 years and is still there.

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Originally posted March 18, 2013

Following a complaint filed by PETA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed the group’s allegations of the abuse of cats in taxpayer-funded brain experiments at the  University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW), where actor James Cromwell was arrested during a protest last month. The USDA also cited UW for violating federal animal-protection laws by burning a cat named Broc so badly that she required surgery.

In a scathing report just obtained by PETA, a federal inspector found “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 into their eyes.

The USDA noted that some cats, including Slinky, have died because of these infections and that one cat named NJ even had to have her eye removed after the metal coil became the site of frequent serious infections.

The government report includes never-before-seen photographs of NJ, Broc, and the five other mutilated cats who are still alive in the laboratory. We now know the faces of the other victims of this laboratory besides Double Trouble.

All these new revelations confirm what PETA has reported publicly: UW tortures animals and has been twisting the truth. Even though they knew it wasn’t true, in interviews and statements, UW representatives have repeatedly claimed that the government had not substantiated any of PETA’s allegations and that the university hadn’t been cited for its abuse of cats. In fact, during the same period in which it was claiming that it had been cleared, UW was trying in vain to appeal the government’s citation.

What You Can Do

The cats in UW’s labs are suffering miserably, and they don’t have time for more evasions, excuses, or deceptive spin. Please urge the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents to put an immediate halt to these cruel experiments.

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  • barbara says:

    You are supposed to be educators, the elite, not a bunch of barbarians torturing innocent animals in the name of science. You demean the study and aspirations of science and make it base and ugly. If you can’t do better you should leave it to someone who can bring it into the 21st century.

  • Jennifer Cho says:

    End Cruel Experiments on Cats!

  • melodie miller says:

    Stop the crulty on the cats!!!

  • Kathryn Shannon Riley says:

    This is heartbreaking what #UWMadison is doing to sweet kitties, denied any freedom. The worst part is that they let it continue after we already know the suffering, mutilation, and torture these babies endure. For What? Cancer has not been cured. I swear, I promise you this I will not stop talking about this online, contacting bloggers, writing, tweeting, etc. until they are free. I think about these kitties all the time and I am absolutely disgusted by the cruelty and the nonchalant attitude of the University. It is time to take a stand and say this is wrong, it needs to stop NOW. Share the pictures of these kitties they are not a LAB EXPERIMENT. The ONLY solution is to end it PERIOD.

  • Lisa says:

    This is torture! These INNOCENT animals do NOT deserve this!!!

  • therese says:

    Do unto others as you would have done to you!

  • Nancy says:

    Please stop experiment on animals

  • Linda D. says:

    It makes me sick. Please stop! They have feelings. Stop torture on the animals.

  • Linda D. says:

    It makes me sick. Please stop! They have feelings. Stop torture on the animals.

  • yvette desroches says:

    animals have rights too and they deserve ”love”-”respect”-”and a good home” stop that cruelty they are god creature…you don’t have no right to do what you do to these poor cats .STOP IT PLEASE…

  • Marietta says:

    My heart weeps for these poor defenseless creatures :’( When will humanity ever learn??

  • saint etienne vregord says:

    I urge the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents immediate to end these cruel experiments of cats and other animals. Why do Americans still torturing cats in the laboratory, destroying healthy animals with outrageous abuse. The whole world knows what is happening on the University’s evil laboratory. Why have you not adopted the technology long time ago as the others. We live in 2013.Please end it now ***

  • Romina&Sasa Kulundzic says:

    STOP IT !!

  • Ruthanne Holbert says:

    The suffering created in your experiments are horrific, inhumane, and wrong. This no longer has a place in the future we are now moving into. PLEASE STOP!

  • Jilly says:

    Words cannot express how absolutely shocking, appalling and heartbreaking this is. How a so-called human being could subject another being to torture like this is beyond me. All these so-called scientists should be monitored for antisocial tendencies towards humans and that lab SHUT DOWN FOREVER!!!!

  • LB says:

    Please stop the evil.

  • Lin Pirretti says:

    I called Dr. Battey’s office and his voice mail recording said to leave a message. HOWEVER, his mailbox if full. I will send either an e-mail or a letter to his office. He and the others that do this to the sweet, innocent catsshould be subjected to the same treatment!

  • Natalia says:

    The cats are THE CHILDREN of GOD. In case that the cats were killed the humankind must be and will be punushed by our GOD. All of us will be punished. AMEN.

  • Veronique Buchanan says:

    Please stop torturing animals. They cannt speak, but they can feel pain.

  • Shelly Henderson says:

    Anyone who could do this to a living, defenceless creature is deplorable. Please do not try to justify this in the name of science.

  • Birthe says:

    I just sent a letter to that group (my own version)confirming how I feel. Here’s what I said………… I will be brief. You have absolutely no right to torture these sentient beings for sound localization experiments. What you are doing is cruelty to the extreme. It’s time to show some compassion for the cats whose lives you have stolen in such a brutal manner. I’m sure you justify what you do in the name of science, but science needs to recognize that human beings have no right to subject other species to this kind of cruelty. Undoubtedly there are many other ways to do your testing — it’s time you start using them. It is beyond my comprehension how you can look into the eyes of another sentient being and do this to them. Stop now.

  • steph says:

    Shame on you UW-Madison!! Stop torturing these poor animals!! I really hope funding to this lab will be cut, and the lab will be shut down forever. Thank you Peta for your work!

  • erin Mccormack says:

    Stop this crap. Why do you feel you people have the right to do this?? Stop the horrible cruelty. O these precious cats and all animals.

  • Felicia Pechtold says:

    Animals have no voice, but mine and all help from PETA!!!!!!!!!

  • Annick says:

    This is why they rarely let people inside labs where animals are tested on, they know outsiders would be shocked, and for good reason! Let them test on themselves.

  • ileana rook says:

    Please stop experiment on all animals. Be human STOP THE TORTURE IN ANIMALS

  • rose says:

    Please stop!

  • claudia says:

    please stop experiment on all animals.please prove that you have a soul .

  • Hex says:

    SHAME ON YOU UW … and you proud to be doing research???? I hope with all my heart the government shut down your labs.

  • Alicia Delaine says:

    This is so sad. People never cease to surprise me with cruelty. :(

  • June Burge says:

    time to stop the cruelty on those cat’s all they want is love, & they will love you back. Please have a heart.

  • Aneta says:

    THIS IS OUTRAGES!!! WHY PPL HAVE TO PROOFF EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT THEY DON’T DESERVE TO BE CALLED “THINKING” SPEICES? INSTED SHOULD BE CALLED “CRUEL”!!! WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND! YOU JUST WAIT AND SEE! THEY WILL GET WHAT THEY DESEREVE!

  • cindy says:

    Not right to do experiments ,testing on cats…please stop the horrible testing…

  • Smitth says:

    Nice work, PETA! Keep speaking up for helpless animals…lots of love and support from Ohio! <3

  • Caring person says:

    Please stop this barbaric activity. Dont just stop with cats, and start with another species either. Animals dont deserve this.

  • Sally says:

    STOP THE TORTURE IN ANIMALS,you savages!

  • Sandra Valentino says:

    immediately stop the cruelty with the cats. Please please do the right thing.

  • Pat says:

    What could such horrific experiments possibly prove? What possible justification could there be to treat any creature this way? And the fact that they lied about it just makes it worse.

  • Betty mcQuillan says:

    Please stop the torture of cats in your labs.Please don’t do to animals what you wouldn’t want done to yourself. Please.

  • Jeannie M. Lucas says:

    Stop these inhuman and completely disgusting tests on animals! You do not have the right to act like these Übermenschen towards these defenseless creatures and you are no better than Hitler and the rest of these completely insane individuals that have existed through out history before you simply stop these incomprehensible tests. Please do the world and yourself this favour and get a clean consciousness. Thank you…

  • Joanne Roy says:

    Please stop experiment on all animals. Be human!

  • Jeannie M. Lucas says:

    Stop these inhuman and completely disgusting tests on animals! You do not have the right to act like these Übermenschen towards these defenseless creatures and you are no better than Hitler and the rest of these completely insane individuals that have existed through out history before you simply stop these incomprehensible tests. Please do the world and yourself this favour and get a clean consciousness. Thank you…

  • Luke Thomas says:

    EVIL!! I Thank God for PETA exposing these MONSTERS. I pray all of these people who profited from torturing these poor animals all die slowly of CANCER then BURN IN HELL. Satan awaits to received these cruel human pieces of excrement.

  • Carol Patitucci says:

    STOP PLEASE STOP

  • Carol Patitucci says:

    STOP PLEASE STOP

  • nathalie DUDOIGNON says:

    STOP A LA TORTURE ET A LA BARBARIE !!!

  • Leslie Kay says:

    BARBARIC! This is not the Middle Ages. Get a computer & leave the animals alone!

  • Leslie Kay says:

    BARBARIC! This is not the Middle Ages. Get a computer & leave the animals alone!

  • Jane says:

    SO cruel and needless! PLEASE STOP NOW!!

  • Lisa Nicole Szucs says:

    Excellent work, PETA and Mr. Cromwell!!!

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