University of Wisconsin–Madison Fined $35,000 for Laboratory Cruelty

March 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture fined the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW) more than $35,000—one of the largest fines assessed against a laboratory in history—for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Among the seven violations mentioned by the USDA was one incident in which a cat named Broc was negligently and severely burned by UW staff during surgery. Broc’s burn was discovered during a USDA investigation of a complaint filed by PETA. Broc was being used in an inhumane brain experiment made infamous after PETA obtained and publicized graphic photographs taken by the UW experimenter.

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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