UW Lobbying Lawmakers for Exception to State's Animal Cruelty Laws
Unheard they cry
In agony they linger
In loneliness they die.
You probably know that the University of Wisconsin, Madison blatantly and repeatedly broke the law when it killed sheep in its dead-end and hideously painful decompression experiments.
Wisconsin's law is matter-of-fact and straightforward:
951.025 Decompression prohibited. No person may kill an animal by means of decompression.
UW lawyers argued that the law doesn't mean what it says and that the law does not apply to the university, but Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard was not so easily bamboozled and replied to them that:
"...the plain language of the statute is unambiguous and no purpose other than a flat ban can be read into the statute."
See Wisconsin's State Law, Chapter 951, "Crimes Against Animals."
As we expected and feared, the university is currently lobbying state lawmakers to exempt them from this and probably other parts of Chapter 951. This was mentioned at a recent university committee meeting.
See page 2 of the Graduate School ACUC minutes here.
It is very important that your lawmakers hear from you on this critical matter.
The university should not be above the law.
Cruelty to animals should not be allowed in our state just because it is occurring in a laboratory.
The university has a history of conducting experiments that violate the law. They've been caught, and now they say that the law should not apply to them.
The university works diligently to keep the details of its cruel experiments hidden from public view. If they succeed in their effort to operate outside the law, they will feel encouraged to pursue ever more cruel and outrageous experiments.
Please write and call your state legislators today, tomorrow, and in the days to come and tell them that the university should not be exempt from Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 951, "Crimes Against Animals."
You can find your legislators' contact information by visiting here.
Wisconsin Alliance For Animals