Regarding the research using cats in their eye movement and hearing studies. We are appalled that the USDA would find absolutely nothing wrong with what is happening at this univeristy.
According to reports by Dr. Lawrence Hansen, professor in the departments of neurosciences and pathology at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine in La Jolla, Calif. These tests are not only unnecessary, there are alternative methods, that do Not use cats, available and already being done in many universities. In his words: "funding the UW-Madison's violent and unnecessary experiments on cats means $3 million less is being spent on research that can actually improve human health and well-being."
Dr. Lawrence states: "For years, the U.S. National Institutes of Health has funded, and UW-Madison has approved, an incredibly cruel sound localization experiment on cats based on the explanation that cutting into the brains of dozens of cats, drilling holes in their skulls, placing wire coils in their eyes, deafening them and starving them into compliance would help the experimenters, in their own words, "keep up a productive publication record that ensures our constant funding." "The faculty members made virtually no claims that these inhumane studies would help treat humans, and that is further evidenced by this work not being cited in studies on human hearing."
I invite you to watch the following video, see for yourself the cruelty that is being unnecessarily inflicted on these animals. And we ask you to please stop funding this institution to continue their useless experiments on these animals that have absolutely no valid use whatsoever. Fund them, Only if they are willing to change to using alternative methods. And eliminate the use of these animals.
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