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In your report on sheep decompression deaths at UW-Madison, special prosecutor David Geier said that the "university should not receive a free pass" for the deaths of the sheep. According to Tuesday's article, "No charges in sheep experiment deaths," it looks like that is exactly what they received from Geier.

Would anyone but a UW researcher be found innocent of a crime against an animal simply because he or she was "either unaware of the state law or did not think it applied to them"?

The state statute is clear and unambiguous: Decompression prohibited. No person may kill an animal by means of decompression.

Geier's report and decision seem contradictory. Yes, UW researchers should have known about the law. Yes, the research is cruel. But no, they should not be charged.

While I appreciate PETA's positive comment that this was a victory for the animals, I don't see it that way. At the end of the article, UW's Eric Sandgren says without remorse that he doesn't know if the studies will be continued.

No, this was not a victory for the animals. This was one more miserable and misguided decision that further proves that UW animal research is above the law.

 

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