Cruel cat experiments just so scientists can keep their government funding


UW-Madison (the University of Wisconsin–Madison) has conducted ghastly experiments on the brains of cats for the sole purpose of maintaining and perhaps enhancing government funding via the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Apparently, the experiments resulted in no actual benefit to people. In addition, alternative methods that did not necessitate animal testing would have been beneficial to humans. If this is true, it’s an upside down world.

The experiments, which entailed drilling and cutting into cats’ brains were ostensibly done to research how the human brain processes sound but the scientists appear to have admitted otherwise. The animal experimenters stated that it would help….

“keep up a productive publication record that ensures our constant funding.”

Funding has been in place for the university for many years. It’s a money for old rope. Money for the boys. A cosy club. In this case the true cost has been cat cruelty and unconscionable behavior by people who should know better.

“Budgets” are always an issue in business environments. If someone or some group, no matter where it is, is being funded consistently the funded group has to spend the money to justify future funding. It is rather odd. If they underspend one year the providers question whether they should continue to provide.

In this instance the money was spent on experimenting on cats. It would not be so bad if animals were not involved. Sure, it would be a waste of government money – taxpayer’s money – but at least it would not be objectionable work.

According to Dr Hansen the $3m funding could have been used on research that genuinely benefited people.

Animal experiments are controversial. As science progresses it is more and more difficult for supporters of animal testing to justify them because of the availability of more ethical alternatives. For others, like myself, they always have been completely unjustifiable.

We must not kid ourselves that scientist are immune to unethical behavior concerning animals because they are educated. Education does equate to good behavior. Competition within the scientific community is as fierce as it is the boardroom of big companies.


Search results for “animal testing” on PoC.

Note: the original article was written in Sept 2012. I hope the university has changed its attitude over the intervening year.

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Cruel cat experiments just so scientists can keep their government funding — 4 Comments

  1. The fact that they are educated makes it all the worse in my mind. They have taken ‘objectivity’ to the most disgusting extreme. It’s the same objectivity that allows humans to treat animals like objects that then get eaten. Humans can objectify to the point of turning anything, living or dead, into a product or object with a purpose as part of a greater self serving agenda that is most often times completely immoral.

    Those scientists who do that are barely human. They have to sw2itch off their humanity to do what they do so if you are asking me that makes them as close to non human as it can get. I wonder if they ever switch their humanity on again.

    • the fact that they are educated makes it all the worse in my mind

      Absolutely. Ethics and morals should go with education but money trumps it all. I agree with what you state about “objectivity”. It is reducing the cat to an object to further their work environment. It is the same old problem really. Forgetting that the cat is a feeling sentient creature.

      I wonder though if it is easier for humanity to treat animals as inanimate objects rather than living, breathing beings with emotions and the ability to feel pain as we do. Overall it appears that we prefer to forget that.

  2. What cold hearted monsters these scientists must be! How do they go home at night and eat and sleep without their conscience bothering them about the cats they torture? Do their families know what they do and still love them?
    It’s all about money money money and it makes me very angry that their research is useless, they should be prosecuted for cruelty to animals.

  3. This is horrible doing it at all is bad enough but keeping on doing it after they know it’s no point and only for money is totally rotten and wrong.
    You are right Micheal it’s never been justifiable experimenting on animals and I hope all those who do it suffer some really awful fate.

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