The cat pictured here is Double Trouble, whose life ended in a lab at the University of Wisconsin, Madison campus after invasive experiments that used her in a manner that can be called inhumane, to say the least.
Local resident and UW grad Reannon Branchesi has started a petition at Change.org, using a video that includes photos and other documentation from Double Trouble’s case to reinforce her argument and plea.
Though we have seen Double Trouble’s photo accompanying links in various places on Facebook in the last two days, the petition, which has a 25,000 signature goal, currently still needs over 9,000 more signatures.
We have watched the video and chose not to include it here, in deference to many readers’ sensibilities. It can be viewed at the petition page by anyone who wants to see for themselves. It is not for everyone.
Anyone who wants to sign the petition at change.org can click the link here:
The petition reads as follows:
Why is the University of Wisconsin – Madison torturing cats? This has to stop. And the National Institutes of Health (NIH) needs to stop funding cruelty to animals.
I’m a native Wisconsinite, got my degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and I’m raising my family in Madison, so it makes me especially sick to know that violent animal tests are being conducted in a place that I love. You would never expect such an ugly and cruel thing to happen on an otherwise beautiful campus in a wonderful city.
According to documents obtained by PETA, a cat named Double Trouble had her eyes, ears, and brain operated on. 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. Then, she 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.
Don’t believe me? Watch the video.
I know that UW-Madison can do better than this, and I don’t want my tax dollars used to support NIH-funded cruelty.
Please sign my petition asking University of Wisconsin to stop all experiments on cats and ask the NIH to stop funding this cruelty everywhere it takes place.