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University of Wisconsin Cited for Animal Welfare Violations

August 9, 2010
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By Mac McDaniel

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been cited with more breaches of the Animal Welfare Act with regard to its animal testing laboratories. Coming on the heels of an investigation in December, which found twenty breaches, this most recent inspection by the USDA cited the research facility for expired medications and dirty, “cockroach infested” primate holding rooms.

The circumstances cited this time around, as well as the investigation eight months ago, are indicative of the general attitude that vivisectors have toward their test subjects. Animal testing is by its very nature a cruel occupation and requires that those who take part in it have no regard for the safety, comfort, or lives of animals.

It is a mockery to expect that a person who makes their living by subjecting animals to painful, distressing, torturous experiments and circumstances, will magically develop a conscience in regard to the way that the animals are housed or cared for before, and after, the experiments.

The USDA announced in June a renewed commitment to enforcing the Animal Welfare Act, making mention of several possible enforcement measures, such as fines or revoking licenses. The USDA, however, made no mention of any specific actions planned against the facility at UM-Wisconsin. But spokesman Dave Sacks said the Act will be enforced “to its fullest extent”.

As is always the case, researchers and doctors associated with the facility in question insist that animals are treated “responsibly” and treated “with care”. But there is no way to treat an animal with care while subjecting them to cruel tests. It is very telling that the Animal Welfare Act sets the bar at the bare minimum, yet facilities that conduct vivisection are still unable to meet those requirements.

The fact that facilities like the one at UW-Madison are unable to meet even the mediocre standards set by the federal government, shows that treating animals with the modicum of decency that is expected, is beyond the ethical capabilities of vivisectors.

Even if animal testing wasn’t a reckless, scientifically unsound method of conducting research, it is arguably the single most ethically deplorable behavior that humans have come to embrace.

No matter how low we set the bar for animal welfare standards, there will always be violations because you cannot expect a person to possess both the callousness it takes to torture an animal, as well as the compassion it takes to nurture and care for the animal after the torture is complete.

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  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    August 9, 2010 9:46 am

    we cannot rest
    we cannot sleep
    or else more animals
    in pain, will weep

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  2. MICHELLE MOREL permalink
    August 9, 2010 10:06 am

    ALL ANIMAL LOVERS PLEASE HELP THIS CAUSE AS THIS BARBARIC TESTING ON OUR BELOVED ANIMAL FRIENDS MUST STOP IT IS NOT RIGHT WHY CAN’T PRISONERS AND LIFERS BE USED FOR THIS TYPE OF THING IF IT MUST BE DONE

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  3. Lynne Koenigsberg permalink
    August 9, 2010 11:34 am

    it’s all about the $… how much money are these institutions receiving to conduct inhumane so-called experimentation on these helpless victims? these people are not human… they are monsters!

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  4. Ann(USA) permalink
    August 9, 2010 12:06 pm

    Oh my God, these poor babes have numbers on them what else is new, haha, so do people in the US, we are just a number not a person it seems. Only they use monkeys for the dirty work of experiments that have already been done, some not necessary for the sake of money and their paycheks, it is not for the sake of science believe me. Check with any anti vivesection organization and they will enlighten those that are ignorant to that fact.

    No on knows the real pain and torture these so called legal experiments are done on these animals and dogs, cats, rats etc. ok well why dont people with these diseases volunteer their bodies for the sake of humans not animals. OR death row prisoners, why not some of those sob’s committed some of the worst crimes and they want to live for what. What about life prisoners ok, if animals get legally killed for over population and no space in shelters then there is over crowded jails and prisons, lets sweep the floor and get them deranged monsters under experiments. That way there will be more room for more insane people going to jail or prison every day.

    This is discusting and proves nothing really. Animals are animals and humans are humans ok. Stick with humans and leave the animals alone and release them. Give them the freedom they deserve as some are lab born yes those so called scientists have animals born to a cage all their live and misery and torture with invasive so called experiments, this is not science ok or is it mad science. Scary thought. Stop the insanity. Free the animals as they are suppose to be.

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