This is heartbreaking enough, to think about these poor creatures living terrible lives and then being abandoned to die, alone, in such a terrible and cruel way. But what's almost worse is that this is being framed as a loss only to the scientists whose "research" was wiped out. The fact that thousands of sentient beings lost their lives in a terrible and inhumane way is almost an incidental.
"The combined tide and wind resulted in extensive flooding in the building, and unfortunately, my mouse colonies were wiped out," Dr Fishell, associate director of the NYU Neuroscience Institute, told the New York Times newspaper.
"These animals were the culmination of 10 years of work, and it will take time to replace them."
Oh, but don't cry, Dr. Fishell:
Scientists at two other US research centres have already pledged to donate animals to re-start some of the colonies at the New York facility.
See? There is
still compassion in the world! [BARF]