When most people think of animals used in laboratory experiments, images of little rodents like rabbits and mice or beautiful non-human primates like chimpanzees readily come to mind. However, what many do not realize is that our closest friends and family members, dogs and cats, are also suffering immensely for cruel and inhumane experiments every single day.

The Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research and Experimentation (CAARE) explains how the College of Optometry at the State University of New York (SUNY) has been conducting unbelievably inhumane and invasive experiments on cats and kittens since 1985 thanks to a grant from the National Eye Institute (NEI.)

Cats and kittens as young as four months old are purchased by the lab from suppliers, where they are treated like disposable objects. At the lab, these frightened felines are paralyzed and hooked up to restraining devices, where their skulls are then removed and their brains probed with electrodes while images are flashed before their eyes. After the cats are used, they are killed.

These experiments are not only torturous and inhumane, but they have led to no advancements in the field of science. Even scientists involved in the experiments say they have resulted in “a limited understanding of the precise arrangement” of visual neurons in cats.

On top of the cruelty, $7.95 million of taxpayers’ money have funded these tests, with over $800,000 spent in 2017 alone.

It is high time these archaic and barbaric experiments end now. The grant from NEI funds these experiments until June 2018, and CAARE wants to make sure they end entirely once and for all.

CAARE has set up a petition demanding SUNY ends these tests. Please take a moment to sign this petition on Care2 to speak up for our feline companions.

And PLEASE share this with your network to spread awareness of this very serious issue and increase support for cats and kittens in laboratories.

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