Monday, March 18, 2013

"It's important to know what the cost is to the animal. It's important to know what the potential benefit is to, in this case it's humans, but a lot of animal research also benefits animals. And then you you you come up, you compare those, and decide for yourself whether or not something you think it's ethical, and that where people have a right to differ." -- UW-Madison Research Animal Resource Center Director and university spokesperson Eric Sandgren, February 15, 2013, in a statement to WMTV, NBC 15, on the occasion of James Cromwell's participation in a disruption of a meeting of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents to protest the Regents continuing support for highly invasive and painful brain and ear experiments using cats in Tom Yin's laboratory.
Pictured here is one of Yin's victims, Double Trouble. 

I can't get Sandgren's statement out of my head; it is grotesque and matter-of-factually misleading and dishonest. Moreover, many people at the university and at the Wisconsin Department of Justice must know the facts and yet they stand mute.

PeTA spent three years in court trying to get these photos from the university. The Wisconsin Department of Justice acted as the university's counsel -- at the public's expense -- and argued to the court that the photos shouldn't be released.

It was only when they were caught lying about the "proprietary" nature of the hardware that can be seen in the photos that the university, through their Department of Justice de facto accomplices, finally gave up, tacitly admitting that their arguments had been fabricated nonsense.

"Decide for yourself whether or not something [is] ethical," says Sandgren, all the while knowing that the university had unsuccessfully tried for three years to keep you from knowing, to stop you from seeing the pictures of only one of the cats butchered in Tom Yin's lab.

"It is hardly to be expected that a man who does not hesitate to vivisect for the sake of science will hesitate to lie about it afterwards...." -- George Bernard Shaw. The Doctor's Dilemma. 1909.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


On another website there was a comment written by a student @ UW who would not give his name about defending the research done on cat's @ UW. This person wrote they love animals and don't condone what is being done. However; based on one of his Professors comments; without the research done on cats regarding the cochlear implant to help a deaf person hear we would be set back many many years in this area. First I'd like to say they lack some definite writing skills and grammar. Not that this is a downfall, but someone who writes a comment from emotion definitely is a scary thought knowing they want to become a researcher. The quote from Shaw really says it all. This future Veterinarian or Researcher already has the skills to become a good liar. Writing with Emotion without the lack of conscience or empathy is dangerous and they are off to a good start to con NIH for more money. I'll go home tonight give my Kitty's extra love and assure them they are always safe with me. You are an awesome writer and very intelligent. To bad UW doesn't listen to you, they could learn something.

S. Earlene Baty