The University of Wisconsin's cruel experiments on baby monkeys could be hidden from the public if a new piece of legislation is passed.
The proposed amendment to Gov. Scott Walker's budget bill would permit the University of Wisconsin–Madison to withhold all details about its research until they're "publicly disseminated or patented." Under the bill, the public would have no insight into taxpayer-funded studies, even if they were unethical or involved alleged animal cruelty.
The amendment is "just exactly the wrong step," Kelsey Eberly, a litigation fellow with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, told The Dodo. In the case of the university's primate research, the public has a right to information about the study because "it imposes such terrible suffering on such a sensitive creature," she added.