Wisconsin: A Sadist’s Paradise

It's not just wildlife that some in Wisconsin like to torture.
It’s not just wildlife that some in Wisconsin like to torture.

There are many people in the United States and world that have a fluffy and distorted perception when it comes to the state of Wisconsin. They think that our state is full of good-natured people that drink lots of beer, eat lots of cheese, and wear giant hunks of idiotic looking cheese shaped Styrofoam hats to support their football team. While that is the perception that state businesses and tourism agencies want to portray, the reality couldn’t be farther from the truth.

There is a dark and toxic underbelly that many in this state try to hide under the happy-go-lucky bumpkin front that most of the country sees. Wisconsin is not only the home of sadistic serial killers like Ed Gein or Jeff Dahmer. We also have the distinction of being probably the most brutal place in the country for wildlife. Here are just some of the sadistic and brutal activities that are not only condoned but encouraged by our state government.

These are just a few examples of the wildlife killing “culture” that makes Wisconsin a sadist’s paradise. But it is not just wildlife that is tortured and brutalized in our state. Factory farms, fur farms, and puppy mills are notorious for their brutality within Wisconsin’s borders. But these examples may not even be the worst of cruelty and torture inflicted on animals in this state.

Today, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism published an article exposing what may very well be one of the most brutal and horrific torture of animals under the guise of “research” that I have ever seen. This is what some sadistic monsters from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Psychiatry Department have planned for “research.”

………referring to the first experiment at UW-Madison in more than 30 years that will intentionally deprive newborn monkeys of their mothers, a practice designed to impact a primate’s psychological well-being.

The research, submitted by UW-Madison Psychiatry Department chairman Dr. Ned Kalin, has drawn unusual scrutiny and dissent from within the university and intensified a debate about the extent to which benefits to humans justify the suffering of animals.

It gets even worse. If your stomach doesn’t turn after reading this you truly have no heart or empathy:

For a year these 20 rhesus monkeys, as well as another 20 used as a control group, will be given tests intended to provoke and measure anxious behavior. After one year they will all be euthanized and their brain tissue collected for molecular analysis.

In other words these INFANT monkeys will be TORTURED and DEPRIVED nurturing for an entire year and then killed.

The purpose of the experiment is to use state-of-the-art technology to examine the underlying neurobiology of anxiety and depression, which Kalin believes will lead to insights for treating struggling humans.

The ethics of animal research are often contentious, but non-human primate research at UW-Madison is especially polarizing.

There are around 2,000 primates housed and studied in several locations around campus. About two-thirds of these are at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center; most of the remainder are at the Harlow Center for Biological Psychology. The buildings stand side by side.

In a Kalin study published in 2004, the amygdalae of 14 rhesus macaques were damaged with acid after their skulls were cut open. The amygdala is a region of the brain that regulates fear and anxiety. The monkeys were then exposed to snakes and unknown humans.

Than we have a colleague of Kalin, Richard Davidson, making this false equivalency that fits right in with the sadistic nature of Wisconsin itself:

“You have to do a mental calculus to determine if it’s appropriate or not, and each scientist needs to make his or her own moral decision about that,” Davidson says. “And it’s the same thing with eating meat or wearing leather. You know, the Dalai Lama eats meat.”

Does the arrogance of humanity know no bounds? These are the kind of Mengele style experiments that are being conducted at our public universities? What kind of monster thinks that ANYTHING good will come from this? You don’t need to be a research scientist to know what happens when the vast majority of mammals are deprived of the basic nurturing and care that they receive from their mothers. I make no secret that I am an animal welfare advocate and oppose any and all forms of cruelty but this goes far beyond. This goes into the realm of torture for tortures sake. For an entire year these baby monkeys will be tormented, deprived nurturing, and then killed? For what? So some narcissistic egghead can confirm that tortured and deprived social animals suffer depression? Wow. Will he then get his name in a scientific journal and “justify” a reason to continue receiving grant money for his “experiments?” All animal testing is disgusting but this goes far far far beyond that. This is pure sadistic torture and all supporters of the UW should be disgusted by this no matter what side of the political aisle you are on.

Here are the contacts for those wishing to express their disgust at this government funded torture being conducted at the UW-Madison:

Contact Ray Cross, UW System President
Phone: 608 262-2321
Fax: 608 262-3985
1720 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Kate Wodyn, Assistant to the President

If you are a current student, former student, or graduate of any University of Wisconsin school please sign this petition against these abhorrent acts here:

UW Not in Our Name

This is our Wisconsin. Our fellow citizens are not content torturing and killing millions of wild animals each year. Now we have to sanction the torture of INFANT monkeys for dubious “research.” Make your feelings known and tell everyone you know that Wisconsin is indeed a sadist’s paradise. Think about this the next time you purchase any apparel with the University of Wisconsin logo on it. Do you want the licensing fee money they receive from it to go back to this institution as long as they continue to torment animals?


24 Comments Add yours

  1. idalupine says:

    I have never thought that experimentation on animals was ethical – but this is most likely to keep those research funds coming in. There’s no need for this kind of sadistic torture simply because an animal can’t choose or sign an informed consent form. There are plenty of human subjects who can sign a consent form to be followed for depression, and they do. It is Mengele-style experimentation, you are right.

  2. Laura says:

    This follows the vile legacy of Harry Harlow who indulged his sickness in the same way in the 1950’s at the same school, so it never ended even when he died of Parkinsons; there were fellow sickos to carry on his ruthless, insane “research.” Here’s a video I did on Harlow which also exposes a lot about this “new” breed that followed him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO62QMljkmY

  3. This reminds me of the story of Britches. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_California_Riverside_1985_laboratory_raid
    Where is the Animal Rights Liberation Frontline when you need them?

    If you want greater detail into what this university is doing, read the story of britches, it will indeed turn your stomach.

  4. GarryRogers says:

    Reblogged this on GarryRogers Nature Conservation and commented:
    Traditions that were never moral now have ultimate consequences for many species.

  5. Kim Sellers says:

    Email sent. So disgusted and sad for these animals…..

  6. Kim Sellers says:

    My emails just bounced back ….Anyone have any other email addresses?

  7. Garry Rogers says:

    Thank you for the information. Amazing. Scooped and reblogged.

  8. amanda_m says:

    I shared and sent a letter, will see now if they also bounce back. Im sure the UW-Madison President doesnt appreciate getting mail that calls into question his competence. Too bad. I think that only by public pressure can this situation change. Animal torture under the guise of science experimentation, backed by national science grants is nothing new. Public pressure by social media is, and it has been shown to be Powerful. Let’s keep the pressure on.

  9. ZekeBlog says:

    Not many folks have the courage to speak out like this. I, for one, appreciate this eye-opening article. Posted to Facebook and Twitter.

  10. Onyx Escence says:

    Delafield, WI also cannot abide ANY Canada geese on their large lake. It appears every year they have the USDA WS round them all up and gas them,parents and goslings. Just kill them all, Every year is their ‘goose management’ plan. This year the USDA WS apparently didn’t have quite enough crates for the birds….so they left one goose someone got photos of. He was desperately asking for his family and what they were doing with them. Of course the USDA THUGS just drove away and left this poor bird.


    There is also another video on youtube of a town out for the fun of it,,,children too. In boats rounding up ONE family of Canada geese and quite enjoying it. When I contacted HSUS about this…they knew where it was. Another town in WI had got a permit to kill a certain number of geese the year before and there hadn’t been ‘enough’ to ‘fulfill’ their permit….so they were able to kill this one set of parents that returned the next year and had goslings. Pretty barbaric stuff taking the kids out for an afternoon of rounding up one family of geese off your huge lake TO KILL.

    I live on the West Coast of Canada..and when I think of WI I don’t think of anything nice at all. Not surprised at this at all.

    1. rali74 says:

      The city of Madison pretends to be a “progressive” city yet they also have contracted with the USDA WS goons to kill our geese too. It seems that wildlife always comes out as the loser when it gets in the way of human “recreation” or anything else. Disgusting.

  11. Marilyn Glasgow says:

    Sent an email to both. The one to KWodyn, assistant to the president bounced back. Nothing on the other one yet. Guess they don’t like criticism.

  12. thomastryon says:

    All of the earth is a sadist’s paradise-everywhere we look Homo Sapiens Sapiens is killing each other and nonhuman species in an unprecedented escalation of cruelty. This so saddens me- all of it.
    “Dr.” Harry Harlow already did similar experiments to those being proposed- mothers forced to breed on the rape rack as he called it, infants separated from their mother to suffer in the deprivation chamber for a year or more-the pit of despair.

    Emotional deprivation studies were also conducted with institutionalized human infants by Dr Rene Spitz in the 1950’s. Albeit not as extreme nor were the human infants “sacrificed” at the end of it. Just observed and left to deteriorate.

    We think Joseph Mengele and other Nazi doctors monsters but they conducted miniscule amount of atrocities compared to what vivisectionists have perpetrated on nonhuman animal slaves. Isaac Bashevis Singer was correct when he stated:
    They have convinced themselves that man, the worst transgressor
    of all the species, is the crown of creation. All other
    creatures were created merely to provide him with food,
    pelts, to be tormented, exterminated. In relation to
    them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an
    eternal Treblinka.
    –Isaac Bashevis Singer, “The Letter Writer”

    Please sign the pledge from Not in Our Name:


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