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PETA's Lawsuit Uncovers Orange Tabby Cut Into, Deafened, and Decapitated in Cruel Taxpayer-Funded Study
Wis. -- Following a three-year legal battle with
the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW), PETA has obtained documents showing
that crude taxpayer-funded brain experiments were conducted on dozens of cats,
along with disturbing never-before-seen photos
detailing a months-long abusive experiment on an orange tabby cat named Double
Trouble. PETA has filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) and the National Institutes of Health alleging numerous violations of
federal animal welfare regulations and calling for federal funding of the
ongoing study to be halted.
took PETA more than three years to pry photographs of Double Trouble out of UW.
Anyone who sees them will understand why the university tried to keep her
miserable life and death a secret," says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy
Guillermo. "This study should never have begun and needs to end today,
before even one more cat dies."
records show that Double Trouble—like other cats used in this experiment—had
steel coils implanted in her eyes, a steel post screwed to her skull, and
electrodes inserted in her brain and was intentionally deafened by having a
chemical applied to her inner ear. In more than one instance, she was either
conscious or woke up during surgery because of the improper administration of
anesthetics. She was then deprived of food for days at a time in order to force
her to cooperate in experiments. Double Trouble developed infections, and she
exhibited lethargy and depression for months. She started to twitch, and half
of her face became paralyzed, but UW continued to subject her to experiments.
After UW deemed the project a failure, she was killed and decapitated.
researchers at other universities study how the brain processes sound in human
UW experimenters use 30 cats a year in experiments because they need to
"keep up a productive publication record that ensures our constant
is currently the subject of an ongoing USDA investigation after being cited for
almost 50 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act over the past five
of PETA's federal complaints are available upon request. For more information,
please visit PETA.org/DoubleTrouble.
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