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USDA Cites UW for Violation of Law: Cats Suffered From Infections, Deprived of Food, and Burned in University Laboratory
Wis. -- A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report has confirmed PETA's
allegations of unrelieved, ongoing suffering of cats in the University of
Wisconsin–Madison (UW) laboratory that was first exposed by the animal rights
group with the release of photos of a cat with a steel
post screwed to her skull. The graphic photos prompted a high-profile protest by actor James Cromwell at the
February 7 Board of Regents meeting.
to the report just obtained by PETA through the Freedom of Information Act, the
USDA cited UW for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by negligently
burning a cat named Broc so badly with a heating pad that she required surgery.
The USDA report—which includes federal inspectors' photos
of seven mutilated cats who are still being used in the invasive brain
experiment—also details widespread suffering of cats who had steel posts
screwed into open wounds on their heads and metal coils implanted into their
eyes. The federal inspector stated that there was "a pattern of recurring
infections" and that all the cats profiled by PETA in its complaint had
been "diagnosed with chronic infections."
I close my eyes at night, I'm haunted by the images from inside UW's
laboratories of cats whose heads had been sliced open, skulls penetrated by
metal rods, and infected eye wounds from metal coil implants," says
Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell. "It's torture for these animals,
plain and simple. Now the government has confirmed what PETA has been saying
all along: UW left these cats to suffer from chronic infections, with some
dying slow, lingering deaths."
USDA noted that some cats have died from the infections and that one
cat named NJ, who is depicted in one of the new photos, even had to have
her eye removed after the metal coil caused an incurable infection.
USDA has confirmed what PETA alleged and what UW tried so hard to distort: that
UW has inflicted tremendous suffering on the cats it has imprisoned, mutilated,
and killed in its laboratories," says PETA Director of the Laboratory
Investigations Department Justin Goodman. "Federal funding for this
pointless cruelty must end now."
USDA report, which was written in December but just now released to the public,
starkly contradicts UW's many recent op-eds, media statements, and interviews
claiming that it has not been cited by the USDA for these cruel experiments and
that PETA's allegations were "unsubstantiated."
For more information, please visit PETA.org/DoubleTrouble.
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