It is difficult to fathom how anyone could perform painful experiments on animals, much less adorable baby kittens. And yet, the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry has been doing just that for over a decade.

Since 2002, the college has been using taxpayer dollars to fund deeply inhumane brain experiments on felines. The horrible experimentation process, which originated at the Rockefeller University in 1985, involves young cats and kittens between the ages of four and 12 months being anesthetized and then surgically dissected in procedures that can go on for multiple days.


Before dying a slow and painful death, these innocent felines are subjected to unimaginable cruelty. Their heads are forced into frames so that they cannot move, and contact lenses are inserted into their eyes to prevent them from blinking.

Then, while the cats are still alive, their skulls are removed and electrodes are put into their brains to record their brain activity as images flash before their eyes. Once the experiment is complete and the poor animals are no longer of use for research, they are at last put out of their misery.

While SUNY claims that conducting these disturbing experiments is necessary to facilitate a deeper understanding of how cats’ brains control their vision, the truth is that modern technology offers plenty of ways to learn about this process without torturing animals, thus deeming the college’s current methods completely unnecessary and unjustifiable.

Up until recently, the SUNY College of Optometry had managed to keep its horrific animal experiments out of the public eye. However, that is now changing, as the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research & Experimentation (CAARE) demanding that the university disclose records chronicling its cruel and uncalled-for “research.”


For years, taxpayers have been unknowingly funding these disgusting practices, and it’s far past time that SUNY is required to reveal the truth about its antiquated live-animal experiments.

If you agree, please make your voice heard by signing this ALDF petition pressuring SUNY to fulfill the public’s legal right to know what is taking place in its labs. Together, we can make sure that these brutal experiments are ended once and for all so that no more felines suffer this atrocious treatment!

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