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The Animal Research War by P. Michael Conn and James V. Parker Palgrave Macmillan: 2008, 224 pages. Buy now! (Amazon) In a dark room, buried in a nondescript building somewhere in London, an orderly array of new trainees sits silently, listening intently as a senior police official delivers a security briefing. Clicking through slide after…

Via Americans for Medical Progress comes news that Tom Holder of Pro-Test has started his own pro-animal research organization in the US, Speaking of Research. Here’s the full press release: The tide could be turning against animal rights activists who demonstrate on campuses around the nation. Today marks the launch of Speaking of Research (SR),…

When I first arrived in Oxford, about two and a half years ago, I found myself face to face with a very vocal and determined animal rights movement. Thriving on misinformation and intimidation–through their visible rallies and underhanded techniques of arson, grave robbing, and constant threats–they had stalled construction on Oxford’s new animal research building…

Pro-Test March this Saturday

Pro-Test, Oxford’s pro-animal research organization, will be holding its third major public demonstration this Saturday, 9 February: 09.02.08: Pro-test marching on two year anniversary On Saturday 9th February 2008 Pro-Test will march for a third time in support of animal research. We march to: Defend – the rights of researchers to work in peace Celebrate…

Animal Rights Extremists Strike Again

On October 20th, animal rights extremists acting under the banner of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) flooded the home of UCLA professor Edythe London. I don’t have too much to say about this latest incident, as it’s just one of a series of destructive actions associated with a movement that seems more interested in intimidation…

A new study from the Research Defence Society (RDS) indicates that medical doctors in the UK overwhelmingly support the role of animal research in contributing to important medical advances. The RDS questioned four hundred general practitioners from across the UK about their feelings on the importance and necessity of medical research, and the results can…

Since January, I’ve been covering Oxford’s animal rights movement, and the response of local scientists, primarily through the organization Pro-Test. This post from the archives describes a particularly informative Pro-Test event. (26 May 2006) On Monday, May 22nd, an audience of about 100 people joined the pro-research organization Pro-Test at a public meeting in the…

Pro-Test in Pictures and Sound

I’ve been following Oxford’s pro-research organization Pro-Test since its inception, and a few weeks ago I wrote a post describing its second large march through the streets of Oxford. Pro-Test has received quite a bit of well-deserved press in general, but I was recently directed to another very comprehensive account of the latest march. On…

Here’s another post from the old site. Since I’ve been writing quite a bit lately about Pro-Test and the response of Oxford scientists to animal rights extremism, it’s important to understand why the current movement is significant, in light of what scientists in Oxford have been facing over the last few years. This post, which…

I published the following post on my former blog on June 3rd, but I’m republishing it here because it serves as an great introduction to the inspirational scientific activism currently taking shape in Oxford. The only sounds were those of passing traffic and the whispers of interested observers as close to 1,000 people marched together…