When it comes to debating the merits of animal
research taking place on the UW-Madison campus, there may well be middle
ground on which the masses can agree.
But like so many political
issues these days, it's the folks who are most heavily invested in a topic
that tend to dominate the discussion.
The People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals garnered headlines last month by accusing UW-Madison
researchers of violating the federal Animal Welfare Act in a study that uses
cats to examine the link between hearing and eye movements. Among the
allegations leveled: Proper procedures weren't taken to prevent distress and
pain for the animals; the university didn't consider alternatives to
procedures that may cause pain; and no appropriate rationale was given for