within the university, Dr. Richard “Jim” Brown has raised concerns
about the welfare of the animals in the school’s labs. Brown was a
senior program veterinarian at the university’s Research Animal Resource
Center, where he says he was bullied and retaliated against for raising
'If you can't take care of the animals, you shouldn't take the money.'
quit earlier this month after over five years on the job, and called his
resignation a “coercive termination,” saying he made many enemies
at the RARC for constantly raising concerns about animals in their facilities
that weren’t being properly cared for.
Brown isn’t an animal rights activist, but can see that the university
is pulling in enormous amounts of money and isn’t using the funding
to fulfill the promise made to the public that the animals used for experimentation
are “well-cared for.” The University of Wisconsin receives over
one billion dollars annually for research.
problem here is obvious: that even in the most prestigious and well-funded
research facilities in the developed world, the animals are denied proper
medical care, and their needs for food and water are neglected, all while
being subjected to what which would be called torture if it were done to
a human. And if anyone tries to raise an alarm about it, they are told –
as Jim Brown was – that “silence was a condition of continued
testing is more than just a scientific farce and inhuman torture, it’s
also big business. A billion dollars a year in research funds means a lot
of people have a vested interest in seeing the continuation of vivisection
at UW, no matter the cost in animal life. Just like every other industry
that exploits, tortures, and murders animals, the bottom line is the only
Brown contacted me in regard to this story, and he referred to animal testing
as “expensive, time-consuming, misleading and addictive,” and
said that the lure of research funds will keep animal testing going until
the government mandates non-animal research in laboratories.
solution to these problems isn’t complicated, but it is daunting.
We have to end all animal testing forever.
regulation or stricter consequences will not solve the problem. If these
facilities cannot meet the laughably minimum standards in place now, it
is obviously a sign of a broader and more serious problem: that animals
can never be treated with respect and compassion as long as they are viewed
as the inanimate property of humans to be used for whatever frivolous purpose
we see fit.
the greed, the bullying, the scientific regression, and the torture and
murder of innocent animals, there is no other way but to end vivisection
For those of you who are wondering
what you can do about this situation, Jim Brown has sent me a list of people
you can contact.. Click here