Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Extreme measures of another kind

This from a policy alert email from the American Assn for the Advancement of Science:

Animal Rights Extremists Firebomb California Researchers’ Homes. In what University of California at Santa Cruz officials called "criminal acts of anti-science violence," the homes of two UCSC researchers were damaged by intentionally-set fires early Saturday morning. A flier, threatening violence against 13 university employees who work with animals (including fruit flies) and listing their home addresses, was found in a local coffee shop last week. Local police and federal authorities are investigating. Dr. Jerry Vlasak, a spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front, called the attacks a "necessary" act.

"Necessary," huh? Stupid fuckwads. I do not give a crap if people are offended by research using animals, generally; the arguments range from misinformed to proto-Nazi ("we should do the experiments on prisoners instead!" oh, what a great idea, let's emulate Megele's experiments at Auschwitz, shall we?). As long as they stay out of my face, fine. Fire bombing is not fine, dickheads. Human rights trump animal rights.

Back to analyzing my lab results. Which were done using animal-derived antibodies to decipher the structure of a gene.

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Blogger Mel said...

Ideologues of any stripe are bad news. The only good thing about them is that they tend to turn on one another in due course, which likely limits the damage they do.

My verification "word" is "njfuryxv".

9:52 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

Play them a rousing version of Wild Thing. Isn't music supposed to soothe the savage beast, I mean, idiots.

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Lynne said...

See this is just something I don't understand. Why to terrorist continue to believe that acts of random violence will get them any kind of results that they are looking for? Duh! Idiots indeed!

9:26 AM  

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