It was shocking to learn about highly invasive brain research on cats at the State University of New York, College of Optometry. These experiments have been going on since 1985, funded by the National Eye Institute.
For more than three decades, hundreds of cats and kittens have been maimed and killed for arcane and unproductive research to create a map of the cat visual cortex. After more than thirty years of this research, the principal investigator claims that they still only have "a limited understanding of the precise arrangement" of visual neurons.
With the outstanding progress made in human brain mapping over the last twenty years, it is unconscionable to sustain research that is mired in outdated animal methods
The grant that funds these terrible experiments (2R01EY005253-31) is due to end in June of 2018. As members of the tax-paying public, I respectfully request that that these archaic, fruitless, and painful experiments finally be terminated.