First, an example of an accidental although tragic cat mishap…
Cat goes to vet for flea bath but gets euthanized
GARDNER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman says her cat went to the veterinarian for a flea bath and was mistakenly euthanized instead. Colleen Conlon of Gardner is grieving the loss of the cat, 8-year-old Lady, which she attributes to “negligence” by the vet.
Her son took Lady to an animal hospital last week and unknowingly authorized the cat to be put to sleep after he says he was handed the wrong forms. He says he learned of the mix-up when he returned with a second cat and the vet asked him if he wanted to keep the bodies.
Conlon doesn’t think the vet had any “malicious intent.” But she’s filed a complaint with the attorney general’s office. The veterinarian didn’t return a call from the Telegram & Gazette seeking comment.
My son, Zeke, without taking his eyes away from his latest graphic design on the laptop had this to say when I read the article out loud, complaining about the story’s lack of specifics. “That’s just a fast food news article, mom.” I asked what he meant by that. “Something put out really fast with no nutritional value.” True there were several unanswered questions in the article that left one scratching one’s head. It was meant to evoke a reaction and in that sense was highly effective. At one point over the weekend, it was the most popular post being read on USAToday’s web site.
As a cat lover the story made me both sad and mad. Judging by the comments I wasn’t the only one. Horrific as that was it pales in comparison to the change.org email petition I had received a couple of days earlier. The petition contained a video with an accompanying warning that nearly made me not watch. I realize though that sometime in order to bring about change we must look horror in the face and fight against it with whatever tool available. The petition submitted by Reannon Branchesi reads:
University of Wisconsin: Stop Experimenting On Cats
Why is the University of Wisconsin – Madison torturing cats? This has to stop. And the National Institutes of Health (NIH) needs to stop funding cruelty to animals.
I’m a native Wisconsinite, got my degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and I’m raising my family in Madison, so it makes me especially sick to know that violent animal tests are being conducted in a place that I love. You would never expect such an ugly and cruel thing to happen on an otherwise beautiful campus in a wonderful city.
According to documents obtained by PETA, a cat named Double Trouble had her eyes, ears, and brain operated on. Steel coils were implanted into her eyes and a stainless steel post was screwed into her skull so that her head could be immobilized during experiments. Then, she had holes drilled into her skull so that electrodes could be inserted in her brain. Experimenters then applied a toxic substance to her inner ears to deafen her and electrical implants were placed deep inside both of her ears.
Don’t believe me? Watch the video.
I know that UW-Madison can do better than this, and I don’t want my tax dollars used to support NIH-funded cruelty.
Please sign my petition asking University of Wisconsin to stop all experiments on cats and ask the NIH to stop funding this cruelty everywhere it takes place.
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