Quite possibly one of the weirdest things I have ever witnessed in my scientific career– The president of Oklahoma State University has ‘forbidden’ an ethics panel approved, NIH funded research project on ‘his’ campus.
What kind of abominable research are these Satan worshiping scientists trying to do? Injecting healthy infants with large doses of heroin? Telling women they have miscarried, when really scientists are stealing their fetuses for medical research? Teaching turtles to tap-dance? What?
A project to test anthrax vaccines and treatment on baboons was quashed by Oklahoma State University administrators because the primates would be euthanized.
… Wait, wat?
OSU administrators declined to comment for this story, but released a statement through OSU spokesman Gary Shutt stating “this research was not in the best interest of the university. The testing of lethal pathogens on primates would be a new area for OSU that is controversial and is outside our current research programs.”
… Wait… WAT??
Oklahoma is kinda ‘known’ for our baboon facilities. Um, I think its technically an Oklahoma ‘resource’. The Oklahoma baboon colonies are associated with OUHSC, OMRF, schools all over OK like Oklahoma State veterinary school and HSC, schools in TX… and have been for years. Doing research on baboons is in no way ‘new’ for OSU. Hell, weve had people from OSU come talk about their virus research with baboons here in OK.
Veterinary scientist Richard Eberle said the faculty believes Hargis’ ruling was influenced by an animal rights advocate or other organization.
He fears the decision will jeopardize future projects as well.
“OSU is now seen by researchers at other institutions as an unreliable research partner and afraid of animal rights demonstrators,” Eberle said. “It is sad that such a golden opportunity for OSU and the state of Oklahoma to attain national recognition has been missed as the result of a single individual’s decision.”
You know, its weird, animal rights people dont really last long here in Oklahoma. Kinda known for loving nomming on cows, pigs, birds, kickass leather cowboy boots… why the hell would OSU be worried about animal liberation freaks?
That horribly disfigured woman, Madeleine Pickens? That poor dumb thing married to some rich guy? Rich guy gives money to OSU, so people listen to the stupid blonde who mutilated herself a-la Michael Jackson with ‘animal free’ (**WINK!!**) plastic surgery/botox/hair dye/make-up? Oh, Im sure she had nothing to do with this. **WINK!!**
Well, I mean, I dont know what the
pussy whipped ‘president’ of OSU thinks is going to happen, but I cant imagine any science researcher staying at OSU. We all use animals. Mice, dogs (*wince*), baboons, ferrets, and President Pussy just made it clear that he, at any time, will personally deem their research ‘controversial’ and not allow them to do it anymore.
If I were a newish professor, I would just leave, and tell OSU exactly why. If I was tenured, Id look into my legal options (you didnt sign up for a Uni that didnt allow animal research).
Im used to the freak politicians here in OK making a mess of science, but the administrators of the OU schools try their best to balance and reason with the crazy. They dont cave, even under more political pressure than President Pussy has had to deal with.
Shame on you, Burns Hargis. Grow a fucking spine.