Edmonton Sun News Sunday November 5, 2006 Hole in cow's stomach not cruelty: researcher BRANDON, Man. (CP) -- Researchers who've cut gaping holes into cattle on display at a Manitoba agricultural exhibition are denying accusations of animal cruelty levelled by an animal rights group. An eight-year old Jersey cow named Darth on display Friday at an agricultural exhibition in Brandon had a hole in the side of its stomach big enough to stick an adult's arm up to the shoulder. The hole-capped by a rubbery plug-allow researchers to insert nutrients into the animal's stomach and monitor its digestive system. "It's something quite unique," said Terri Garner, a ruminant research technician with the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Agriculture. It's also cruel, said director with the Winnepeg Humane Society. "This is animal abuse masking as education and I think it's seriously disturbing," said John Youngman. Garner denied it's inhumane. "The holes allow us to do this kind of research without hurting the animal."