10 Apr '11, 5pm

University of Wisconsin may face charges over illegal experiments

University of Wisconsin may face charges over illegal experiments

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are in hot water again for cruel experiments on animals. This time they are facing potential legal charges over decompression experiments on sheep. Animal advocacy groups have filed complaints against the University for specific US Navy-funded experiments involving decompression sickness -- sometimes called "the bends" -- and sheep. Decompression sickness is a painful and sometimes fatal condition that afflicts deep-sea divers. The University of Wisconsin has been putting sheep into hyperbaric chambers to simulate the effects of decompression sickness. Twenty-six sheep have died as a result of the experiments. Killing an animal by means of decompression is illegal in Wisconsin. The state statute says unequivocally "Decompression prohibited: No person may kill an animal by means of decompression." The slow-moving legal proc...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/universit...

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