This is an animal testing story which concerns the UK. As at the date of this post, there appears to be only one newspaper reporting this story namely the Daily Mirror.
As Animal Aid director Andrew Tyler states this is a horror story about research scientist torturing domestic kittens and cats. Andrew Tyler used the word “torture” and I agree with him.
When research scientists break the skulls of cats and insert electrodes into their brains and when scientists make incisions into a cat’s body to allow them to insert electrodes into the spinal-cord while the spinal-cord is exposed then despite the fact that the cats are anaesthetised, this is torturing cats and as far as I am concerned it is an example of gross cat cruelty, which, but for the fact that it is meant to be done for scientific research, would be a serious crime in the UK with an appropriate punishment on conviction. The activity mirrors those of a cat hater torturing cats; news stories that are not uncommon in the online press.
I’m not sure when this actually happened but it appears to have taken place at University College, London which is in central London. It may have taken place about two years ago but I’m not sure.
The reasons for this sort of abusive Frankenstein-like scientific research is unclear from what I read in the Daily Mirror. The newspaper simply states that the research was carried out “to understand the human body better”.
Wendy Higgins of Humane Society International UK confirms that the cats would have suffered considerably and she makes a very good point, but in truth it is an obvious point to any decent person namely that his sort of animal cruelty is out of date and should be consigned to history.
To be fair to the other side of the argument, there are many people who think that animal testing and research is important for the welfare of people. The big companies who participate in this state they couldn’t do without it. Animal advocates say there are alternatives that are equally effective. People like me out abhor animal testing of all kinds.
I have noticed that about 6 months ago the Huffington Post (UK branch) reported on allegations of “appalling animal suffering and wrongdoing” at Imperial College, London. The allegations were made by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), who identify a lack of training and supervision together with ethical reviews at the research facility.
BUAV added: “if such criticisms can be levelled at one of the world’s leading universities, then it is inevitable that similar issues arise in research establishment all over the country.” Good point.
BUAV highlighted poor surgical procedures and a failure to provide adequate pain control. Apparently a guillotine was allegedly used to decapitate animals alive.
It would seem, then, that the recent report by the Daily Mirror is indicative of an ongoing problem at London University. It is surely time to begin ending animal testing of any kind. It is unjustifiable. Humans are no more valuable than animals so why should one submit to experiments and then be killed and dumped for the benefit of the other?