Our view on medical research: Violence won't save animals
USA Today Editorial Board
A small group of activists resorts to terrorism against scientists.
About 5 a.m. on a morning in August, a researcher at the University of California-Santa Cruz was awakened when a firebomb planted by animal rights extremists exploded on his porch. He, his wife and their children, ages 2 and 4, escaped down a ladder from a second-floor window.
Just last month, a firebomb exploded under what the bombers thought was a UCLA researcher's car. (They got the wrong vehicle.) A few days later, a communiqué from the bombers appeared on the North American Animal Liberation's website with a message that said they "wished (the man had been) in the car at the time the fuel ignited."
This is a taste of what it's like today to be a medical researcher whose work involves animal experimentation. A small but potent group of terrorists — there's no other word for people who argue by firebomb — has escalated its attacks from invading and destroying laboratories to targeting researchers at their homes. Some researchers have found their houses spray painted or endured hooded activists chanting outside their homes. Read More
Congratulations to the USA Today Editorial Board for coming out and calling a spade a spade. If you are using explosives and threats to advance your agenda, you are a terrorist. Medical research on animals is a heavily regulated and inspected process that has contributed countless advances in human medicine. Our society can’t allow these terrorists to determine the future of human medicine.