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Many times in a given year one can turn on the television and see a familiar scene people picketing in protest of animal testing It is not out of the ordinary to see the pickets turn into riots and become destructive And for what To try to stop the advancement of medical knowledge Yes its true that some animals will be hurt and yes some will die The byproduct of this however is priceless as long as it does not come at the expense of meaningless death In the case of Dr Edward Taub the doctor in charge of a monkey lab in Silver Springs Maryland we see the evil side of animal testing His moneys were used in experiments in which their limbs would be removed and various types of stimuli would be applied to see if they could still move He was found guilty of having a dirty lab not of his cruelties to the monkeys and is today a free man However his monkeys are still being held in captivity by the NIH They have said that they do not want the monkeys and two animal sanctuaries have offered to take them away but still they are in the labs Another terrible testing project unrelated to Dr Taub is carried out on cats These experiments were funded by the Department of Defense eight-years 2 million and conducted at Louisiana State University The cats were put into vices parts of their skulls were removed and they were then shot in the head The experimenters said their purpose is to return brain-wounded soldiers to active duty Another cat related atrocity occurred at the University of Oregon where psychologists surgically rotated the eyes of kittens implanted electrodes in their brains and forced them to jump onto a block in a pan of water to test their equilibrium It was also revealed that some cats were improperly anesthetized while having their eye muscles
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