Animal advocacy group sues college over cruel experiments performed on kittens

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An animal advocacy group has filed a lawsuit in New York compelling the disclosure of public records regarding invasive experiments performed on cats and kittens. On Thursday, the suit filed on behalf of Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research & Experimentation,(CAARE) seeks the release of records from the State University of New York College of Optometry (SUNY).

According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) press release, SUNY has refused to release records after having been served a request under the New York Freedom of Information Law. In the experiments, kittens and cats, between the ages of four to 12 months, are anesthetized and then dissected during procedures which could last between a few hours or days. The cats’ heads are mounted in frames and  their eyes are forced open with contact lenses. While still alive their skulls are removed while electrodes are inserted into their brains.

“The public has a legal right to know about the cruel and unnecessary experiments being performed on cats and kittens to SUNY College of Optometry,” stated ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells.

The State University of New York College of Optometry has been experimenting on cats since 2002 using taxpayer money. In 1985, experiments were undertaken to understand the part of the feline brain controlling vision. After 30 years, “the research has not produced any useful information applicable to human vision disorders,” stated ALDF. The college continues to refuse to release the records, contending that releasing the information to CAARE would put researchers in danger and their research qualifies as a “trade secret.” Not revealing details requested violates the New York Freedom of Information Act regarding government transparency when public funds are used.

““SUNY College of Optometry’s tight-fisted secrecy over the details of these cruel cat experiments does nothing to reassure the public that cats are not made to suffer in horribly invasive and useless experiments,” says CAARE President Barbara Stagno.

CARRE states technological advances makes it possible to conduct many experiments without using animals and that the results are faster and more relevant to human medicine.  Tens of millions of animals are used in research in the United States for testing  chemical safety, disease research and drug developments.

“Reliance on animals continues, not because it is effective, but due to inertia, lack of training, vested financial interests and adherence to outdated traditions.”

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8 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    I am going to contact my NYS assemblyman and senator to let them know about these horrendous experiments that have been going on all these years without any results that can be used for humans.

  2. Barbara Garabedian says:

    Horrible evil creeps use yourself to experience on not innocent little animals & kittens I pray for all the animals to be free from you & get adopted to a caring loving family home bg

  3. Nancy Raymond says:

    These fake and phony experiments are done for no other reason than SUNY gets grant money – there is NO justification for these ridiculous, cruel and irresponsible so called ‘research’ to be done. They need to spend this grant money and make up ways to do it that has nothing to do with humans at all – this is nothing more than torture performed on innocent defenseless animals for no reason whatsoever. This is MY taxpayer money going to waste so some pseudo scientists can perform Sewer Science to justify grant money. I resent my money being used to torture animals. I stand by the Animal League Defense suit against SUNY and hope they win – this cruelty has to stop.

  4. Diana Rowell says:

    I pray the wrath of God finds ALL of the State University of New York College of Optometry’s buildings with an explosion that KILLS EVERYONE in it/them. I bet they do NOT rebuild. PLEASE stop this suffering Lord, in a way that ONLY You can. Eye for an eye, sadistic ass wipes. God’s gonna get ‘cha for this and it will BE YOU having YOUR eyes, brain and scull being ripped off and out with NO anesthetic. LMFAO! You better RUN!

  5. Jan Barnes says:

    That “special place” in HELL keeps expanding! But these heartless disgusting lunatics deserve It on earth beginning with creative uses of scalpels on them!
    Obviously, they have no brain or heart, but there are plenty of other parts!


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