With all the talk about the theory regarding animal rights, AR activism, animal research and terroristic attacks on scientists, this bit of news in the aftermath of the recent California firebombing may have been missed:
Law enforcement officers Thursday raided the same Riverside Avenue house that was searched after a UC Santa Cruz researcher’s home was targeted by animal-rights activists in February.
Police … wouldn’t say what the federal search warrant sought, what was taken from the house …
At least four agencies were involved in the search, including Santa Cruz and UCSC police and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Police earlier this week said the students who lived at 724 Riverside Ave. were not a focus of this investigation.
When asked if the FBI had any suspects, Schadler said “We can’t tell you even if we had somebody” though he said they are “covering every possible lead.”
Meanwhile, on the blogosphere, a few items of interest regarding this matter.
As someone striving to forge a career in biomedical/-physical research, I want to find a way to reconcile my personal ethics with the way animals are used to further science. … [but] ….
I refuse to be pigeonholed into some caricature of The Clueless Activist Undergrad Who Don’t Know Teh Skyentz. I am well aware that nothing is more annoying or less deserving of oxygen than an animal rights kid with no respect for science. If I seem defensive here, it’s only because I don’t like being associated with animal rights terrorists in any way, shape or form, and that’s what I feel has happened.
You know, I was thinking of possible titles for this post: “Animal Research: why all the firebombing?”, “Animal Research: I can haz mice?”, but really, there’s no cute/clever way to say this stuff, and this is a pretty serious topic,…
… two most recent incidents targeted a mouse researcher, and someone who does research in drosophila. Those would be fruit flies. You know, the little things that get on your nectarines when you leave them out too long. And my colleagues are worried. It doesn’t help that many people (including fellow scientists) say things like “well, if you’re worried, don’t do animal research”.
So I figured I’d take a minute and explain WHY it is that we do what we do…
SPARKS, Nev. – Thirty-two research monkeys at a Nevada laboratory died because human errors made the room too hot, officials for the drug company that runs the lab said Thursday. Animal rights activists complain the company took too long to report the deaths.
Charles River Laboratories Inc. issued a statement saying the monkeys died in Sparks on May 28. The company, based in Wilmington, Mass., attributed the deaths to incorrect climate-control operation.
The company said that it reported the problem immediately to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but that it didn’t notify the public out of concern for the safety of its 515 employees who work at its labs in Sparks and neighboring Reno.
Maybe the ART’s should go after the churches: Catholics and Satanists United against Black Cats in Italy
Sandra has a Book review: “The Animal Research War”
I’ve written before about how animal rights cranks have started resorting to terroristic tactics in order to intimidate or frighten researchers … I have little but contempt for the Animal Liberation Front … and their ilk, who routinely use lies such as the claim that no good has ever come of animal research or the utterly risible claim that we can now somehow replace the use of animals with computer or cell culture models, coupled with vandalism and intimidation tactics, to push their pseudoscientific agenda. Unfortunately, … these pinheads are at it again…