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Vivisector of the Month!

Written by PETA | September 3, 2008
David Gozal
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David Gozal

It’s time once again for my favorite PETA Files feature: our Vivisector of the Month contest. Each and every month, I read up on two of our nation’s most vile vivisectors and let you, our dear readers, decide who is the worst by voting.

Let me begin by recognizing Marina Picciotto, whose primate addiction studies and mouse torture won her the undesirable title of Most Vile Vivisector last month. Her competitor was much-derided Allyson Bennett. Congrats, Marina—I’m certain Yale and all of New Haven are glad to have you!

This month, we have another two truly bizarre candidates … just see for yourself.

David Gozal of the Kosair Children’s Hospital Research Institute in Louisville has a bit of a problem. He is fascinated by erections—mouse erections, to be exact. He passes his days in the lab getting up close and very personal with little boy-mice, studying their erections and even severing their spinal cords so that they cannot move while experimenters observe their penises.

In his most recent study, “Erectile Dysfunction in a Murine [Mouse] Model of Sleep Apnea,” which was funded in part by the federal government, Gozal measured the number of erections and ejaculations in dozens of mice after placing them in a chamber to deprive them of oxygen. Some mice were also given tadalafil, an erectile dysfunction drug. They were then killed by puncturing their hearts with a needle, and their testicles and penises were cut out of their bodies for examination. Gozal concluded that oxygen deprivation makes it more difficult to get an erection and that tadalafil, which is already prescribed (as “Cialis”) for humans with erectile dysfunction, works in mice.

Experiments on pigs

Daniel Traber of the University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Anesthesiology has made a living for almost three decades by burning animals’ skin off. In a recent experiment, he either torched mice with a Bunsen burner until more than 40 percent of their bodies was charred or forced them to inhale smoke. A few select mice got the full treatment—they were both burned and forced to inhale smoke. Some died during the experiment, and survivors were subsequently killed.

In another study, Traber heated an aluminum bar to nearly 400 degrees with a Bunsen burner and roasted the skin of live pigs on it for 30 seconds, creating a series of deep burns that covered 15 percent of their bodies. In order to repair the deliberately injured animals, Traber and colleagues then removed skin from the pigs’ legs to graft over the areas that had been burned off. After living through all this torture, the pigs were killed. Again, this is only his most recent work—Traber has been burning, mutilating, and killing sheep for years.

Who should win? The Children’s Hospital Vivisector or the Bunsen Burninator? As always, let me help you decide by posing a question: Would you rather be molested, stabbed in the heart, and have your genitals torn out, or would you rather be roasted alive over a Bunsen burner, forced to inhale the smell of your burning flesh, and then killed?

It’s a burning question, isn’t it?

Written by Sean Conner

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  • Animalloverallie says:

    I cannot believe people do this. I am so embarrassed and disgusted to be part of the human race when the majority of us are being cruel to animals, or NOT standing up to it. I want to help them so badly, but I am just in High School and I don’t know what I can possibly do. I do everything I can, but I just wish EVERYONE would stand up against these people and stop this! This CANNOT continue! We need to expose these people and let everyone know of the horrific things they are doing! I really, really REALLY hope that one day they have the same thing done to them as they’ve done to the innocent animals. If I could do it to them… I would.

  • liz whitny-aune says:

    this creep and that woman,allyson bennitt and marina piccioutto and david gozel, they all horrifically sicken me, i pray they stop this , someone needs to get them off this earth and all the other torturing these defenseless animals, mice, pigs, sheep, cats, dogs, all of the animals!!!!

  • bibi says:

    This man and other people to do this horrible things on innecent people should not excist on this planet. People with no heart and no soul ..we have human right why dont animal deserve animal right. ..they feel joy pain like us…human so cruel my heart is bleading.

  • christine burkins says:

    I have to ask you….how do these people without a soul get to do this and probably get paid for their torture.  This sounds like alot of personal pleasure to me.  It is sick all the way around.  When experiments are conducted there should be guidelines and bounderies as to the limits of discomfort that is instilled to the subject. Monitary greed…….I guess this justifies all this abuse.  You know who who you are and karma is a ***** baby! I hope for you it visits you with a vengance!

  • christine burkins says:

    I have to ask you….how do these people without a soul get to do this and probably get paid for their torture. This sounds like alot of personal pleasure to me. It is sick all the way around. When experiments are conducted there should be guidelines and bounderies as to the limits of discomfort that is instilled to the subject. Monitary greed…….I guess this justifies all this abuse. You know who who you are and karma is a bitch baby! I hope for you it visits you with a vengance!

  • Ciarrai says:

    FYI: Marina Picciotto, Yale torturer, has a blog on Huffington Post. Perhaps some of you might wish to make Arianna Huffington aware of your displeasure about Huffington Post giving this sadist a pulpit from which to opine on any number of issues. It is revolting.

  • songpainterart says:

    I hope they all die miserable, extremely painful, long drawn out deaths. If I had the money I would hire people to provide them with “clarity”.

  • finnish woman says:

    I can’t read anymore peoples cruelty.This david would be better to die in a fire.Is he a father?Would he like his children were tortured because of science?Ha has no heart…terrible terrible man…not human.

  • Jacqueline says:

    Everybody out there can only pray for the poor animals that suffer at the hands of people who inflict such suffering, and know (and they will know in some way or another in their life) that it will come back on them in some form or another. There will be no Karma in their life. Maybe I haven’t made myself clear in what I mean.

  • darlingsapphire says:

    THESE ANIMAL TORTURERS SHOULD BE LOCKED UP WITH THE CRIMINALLY INSANE FOREVER. DEFINIELY VERY MUCH WRONG WITH THEIR NOODLE. BETTER STILL EUTHANIZE THESE HUMAN MONSTERS.

  • Olga says:

    Я не могу это читать! Это слишком жестоко!! Подонок! Как остановить его? Этого тварь нечеловека!

  • animal lovers says:

    This guy don’t have a heart. How can he sleep at night after those horrible things he done to that poor animals. Just because animal couldn’t talk doesn’t mean they can’t feel the pain! Please stop it and ask for God forgiven before you get burn in hell!

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