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University of Wisconsin Cited for Animal Welfare Violations

From Care2
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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