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Demand the truth about SUNY cat experiments.

Since 2002, the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry has experimented on the brains of cats using taxpayer dollars. The stated purpose of the experiments, which began at Rockefeller University in 1985, is to understand the part of the feline brain controlling vision.

Young cats and kittens between the ages of 4 and 12 months are anesthetized and then surgically dissected in procedures that last hours and possibly days. We don’t have the precise details because SUNY refuses to disclose them. The cats’ heads are mounted in frames, and their eyes are forced open with contact lenses. While alive, their skulls are removed and electrodes are inserted into their brains.

Under New York’s Freedom of Information Law, the public has a legal right to know about the experiments being performed, and the SUNY College of Optometry should release the records. On June 21, 2018, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit on behalf of Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research & Experimentation (CAARE) to compel the disclosure of public records regarding invasive experiments on cats and kittens conducted by SUNY.

Please sign the petition below to demand the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry release records about their research on cats to CAARE, so we can all learn the truth about their experiments.

To: State University of New York, College of Optometry 

I am deeply concerned that the State University of New York (SUNY) School of Optometry refuses to release records about the experiments being conducted on cats and kittens between the ages of 4 to 12 months. 

In the experiments, young cats and kittens are anesthetized, their heads are mounted in frames, their eyes are forced open with contact lenses, and their skulls are removed so electrodes can be inserted into their brains. During these procedures, which can take hours and possibly days, the cats are alive. The precise details of these experiments are unknown because SUNY refuses to disclose the records. 

These experiments are being funded by taxpayers so the public has a legal right to know exactly how the SUNY College of Optometry is conducting these experiments. I ask that SUNY immediately release records pertaining to these experiments.

Sincerely,

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