Cruel Sheep Decompression Experiments Stopped at UW-Madison

May 2011

After PETA and a local animal rights organization discovered that the University of Wisconsin–Madison had been conducting excruciating and deadly decompression experiments on sheep even though a state cruelty-to-animals law prohibits killing animals by decompression, we filed complaints with the district attorney and in state court asking that criminal charges be filed against the experimenters. The district attorney and the judge agreed with PETA, and although charges were not ultimately brought, the campaign prompted the school to suspend the experiments and the U.S. Navy to pull its funding for the study.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind