AFA's letter to the director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) at NIH in regards to federally funded Univ of Wisconsin's cruelty to cats using cochlear implants. see PETA video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTaS7Z3z4e0 - captioned. Warning VERY graphic
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AFA's letter to NIDCD at NIH
Greetings Dr. James F. Battey, Jr.:
It has come to our attention that the University of Wisconsin has been in violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act and the US Dept of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed PETA’s charges of abuse and cruelty against animals using taxpayers funds.
The cats used in these experiments have been tortured (mutilated, deafened, starved, and killed) in the name of progress – improving cochlear implants.
Back in 2012 the University of Wisc. defended its practices stating “The surgery depicted in the images mirrors the procedures done in human patients receiving cochlear implants, and is done according to the same standards of care and minimizing discomfort that occurs when humans undergo the surgery.”
Not only is that statement misinformation and false, it also casts concerns on the ethical treatment of human subjects who undergo cochlear implants – many of which have died or suffered adverse effects.
Federal funds should not be utilized to commit federal violations. On behalf of Audism Free America, we call upon the the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to cease and desist in aiding and abating torture and unethical treatment of animals in the name of “curing” and/or “treating” Deaf people.
Let Freedom Roll,
Karen Christie, Ruthie Jordan and Patti Durr on behalf of Audism Free America