The FBI is upping the ante in relation to recent attacks on scientists working in California, in light of two firebombings over the last few days.(See FBI increases reward in firebombings to $50,000)
I just wish they would stop calling these people “animal rights activists.” They are not. They are just nutjobs.
Two University of California, Santa Cruz faculty members and their families were targeted in what local authorities are calling attacks by animal liberationists.
The first incident occurred off-campus on Saturday morning when a faculty member and his two small children were forced to escape from their smoke-filled home, with one family member sustaining injuries and a brief hospitalization, according to a statement released by the UCSC chancellor George Blumenthal.
The second incident occurred shortly afterward when the vehicle of another researcher parked on campus was also firebombed and destroyed.
So, let’s see, was this a reasonable exercise of revolutionary activity or a gang of nut cases getting their jollies?
We don’t really know yet who did this or exactly what happened. There have been mixed reports but so far no credible source has indicated who has taken credit. However, it is not impossible to imagine an ALF connection, especially considering the following statement:
“It’s regrettable that certain scientists are willing to put their families at risk by choosing to do wasteful animal experiments,” [ALF] press office spokesman Jerry Vlasak said in [a]statement.
Firebombing scientists homes actually takes you out of the running for being considered an animal rights activist. I mean, we’re all for animal rights in some sense. And, frankly, I believe that many of my colleagues in the animal research biz are overly comfortable with the idea that animal research always has benefits that outweigh the costs, and that no animals are being unduly tortured, etc.etc. No, the situation is not under complete control given the present regulations, there are still wild primates being harvested, there is still an “offshore” lab industry. And these things will always be problems and pretending they are not is not helping.
But the fact remains that the position of the groups that advocate blowing people’s houses up, breaking into labs and ‘liberating’ the animals in them, etc. is absurd, even psychotic, and if it was not so unfunny, it would even be comical. Enormous progress has been made using the usual approaches of thoughtful legislation and effective regulation, both from the government(s) and within the industries and institutions. But this seems entirely lost on PETA.
Look at your feet, assholes. You are probably wearing leather shoes.
But, really, let’s ask the question: Were any of these researchers waterboarding chimpanzees or carrying out some kind of excessive wastage of bunnies in order to develop improved belly button piercing techniques?
Only one of the researchers’ names is mentioned: David Feldheim. Remarkably, the web pages for this person and related research are all getting 404 errors at the University web sites. So there is either some kind of overloading on that part of the internet, or some kind of cleaning up going on. So maybe they are hiring undergraduates at five dollars an hour to bite the heads off gerbils. But I tend to doubt it.
In the end, it will make little difference. Even if Dr. Feldheim was torturing kittens (and I think it very unlikely) to produce a better packaging for Spam, it is unlikely that the PETA nuts care about truthy details.