In response to actor James Cromwell’s protest at a Board of Regents meeting, the University of Wisconsin claimed the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ allegations of the mistreatment of even more cats in one of its laboratories were “unsubstantiated.” Yet the troubling allegations in the complaint to the regents were based directly on UW’s own internal records chronicling sick and dying cats and on horribly upsetting photos UW faculty took of their own experiments and expected no one to see.

How about some honesty, for a change, from our administration? The issue here is not that the extensively documented, troubling allegations are “unsubstantiated.” They are very true. The regents just don’t care.

Gina Stuessy ([email protected]) is a Madison resident who graduated from UW with a degree in biomedical engineering in 2008.