Before I tell you about the sad situation I just found out about at the University of Michigan I wanted to say THANK YOU!!! to everyone who took the time and sent their catio designs donation to THe Equine Sanctuary. We have raised enough money to pay for Tiny’s feed bill and keep her housed until the rest of the money is available to transport her to the Sanctuary. I can’t say thank you enough to all of you for caring that deeply.
Now on to the UM story. Please read it and take a moment to the the University to stop using animals and putting them through horrible experiments.
From the email:
Tiger’s intake report showed that he was a healthy, friendly cat when he entered a University of Michigan (U-M) laboratory. Five days later, Tiger was dead.
While Tiger’s name before he was taken to the laboratory may never be known, once there he was treated as little more than a label, a cat known as “E8269.” Given his stripes, we’re honoring this handsome cat with a name more befitting him, Tiger.
Like the cats many of us share our homes with, he probably enjoyed being scratched behind the ears and purred when he saw his food dish. But U-M officials certainly didn’t care about Tiger’s likes and dislikes when they tossed him into their intubation training lab—a grim laboratory in which cats had plastic tubes forced down their windpipes—and then killed him.
PETA exposed the abuse of animals in the University of Michigan’s Survival Flight training program. We showed that university officials misled the public when they said that all the cats in their labs—healthy, lovable cats like Tiger—were adopted after they endured hideous procedures in the course. In fact, records show that more than half of the cats used in recent years were quietly killed.
PETA’s exposé and vigorous campaigning caused a public uproar. Unable to ignore our fury, U-M announced that it had ended its use of cats in its laboratories—a wonderful victory for cats!
The cats have been replaced with modern, effective simulators. But U-M plans to continue to harm and kill pigs for other procedures in this training course.
That means that gentle, intelligent pigs will have holes cut in their throats and chests and needles jammed into the tissue surrounding their hearts and will ultimately be killed just as cats like Tiger were.
Thankfully, we care, and I know that you care about animals—cats and pigs—so I’m asking for your help. Please sign the petition to University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman demanding that she put a stop to all animal abuse at U-M—including these experiments on pigs!
We’re building momentum—and our efforts have saved cats from this hideous abuse at U-M. But pigs continue to suffer at U-M, and millions of other animals are suffering right now in cruel chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics tests, biology lessons and training exercises, and horrible experiments. Your petition today can help save an animal’s life tomorrow.
I hope I can count on your support today. Together, we will pressure the University of Michigan until it stops subjecting any animal to cruel training exercises.
Thank you in advance for supporting PETA in this urgent campaign. Please sign the petition now!
Very truly yours,
Ingrid E. Newkirk
P.S. PETA is proud that we were able to save other cats from this agony at U-M. But we need to end the entire system of abuse there and at other universities and medical schools nationwide. Sign the petition today to end this abuse!