For decades, countless cats have been imprisoned, cut into, and killed in cruel and useless “sound localization” experiments at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW).
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When PETA learned that UW experimenters took photographs to document this abuse, they demanded that the school release the photos. Knowing that the public would be outraged if the truth came out, UW fought to keep its cruelty a secret for more than three years, but a successful PETA lawsuit compelled the university to release the images.
According to records obtained by PETA, Double Trouble was subjected to several invasive surgeries on her eyes, ears, and brain. In the first operation, steel coils were implanted into her eyes and a stainless steel post was screwed into her skull so that her head could be immobilized during experiments. In the next surgery—which is depicted in the photographs—Double Trouble had holes drilled into her skull so that electrodes could be inserted in her brain. Experimenters then applied a toxic substance to her inner ears to deafen her and electrical implants were placed deep inside both of her ears.
Experimenters justified the use of 30 cats per year not by saying that the experiments would lead to improvements in human health but rather by stating that they needed to “keep up a productive publication record that ensures our constant funding.”
This cruel and useless experiment is part of a larger ongoing project that has received more than $3 million in tax money through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the stated purpose of understanding how the brain determines the location of a sound. But researchers at prestigious institutions around the world are already using modern methods with human volunteers to investigate this question.
You can help other cats like Double Trouble by clicking HERE and joining PETA in asking that NIH cut funding for these cruel and worthless experiments.