A disturbing article I uncovered related to animal rights activists and their tactics against medical testing. Science Insider reported March of last year that in the last decade animal rights terrorists have redirected their efforts targeting individual researchers involved in animal testing rather than targeting facilities that conduct it.
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) issued a report detailing this. Outlining the different tactics and methods used by animal rights terrorists to harass, intimidate and even threaten scientists involved in medical research that use animals as part of their experiments. Science Insider reveals:
In 2004, for example, Animal Liberation Front activists broke into psychology laboratories at the University of Iowa, where they smashed equipment, spray-painted walls, and removed hundreds of animals, causing more than $400,000 in damage. In 2009, extremists set fire to the car of a University of California, Los Angeles, neuroscientist who worked on rats and monkeys. And other researchers say activists have shown up at their homes in the middle of the night, threatening their families and children.
The article goes on to point out:
Personal attacks, in particular, appear to be on the rise. The report looks at 220 reported illegal incidents within the United States between 1990 and 2012. It finds that from 1990 to 1999, 61% involved universities, while just 9% involved individuals. From 2000 to 2012, however, only 13% of incidents involved universities, while 46% involved individuals. Actions against businesses are also on the rise, with 17% of incidents from 2000 to 2012 involving investors and business partners, two groups not even mentioned in the previous decade’s numbers. These latter incidents included activists threatening to protest businesses that supply animal feed to research labs and airlines that transport research animals. “If all of a sudden companies refuse to supply you with paper towels or lab coats, you have a serious problem,” says Conn, who himself was the target of animal extremism—receiving threatening phone calls and being followed through airports by activists—when he was the administrator of an animal facility at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland. “It makes it very difficult to get your job done.”
There are still efforts to shut down laboratories that use animals in experiments but this report hi lights a disturbing trend. One interesting aspect of the article that observed that the study focus on how scientists can mitigate aggression against them, but it lacked a reason why animal rights activists are conducting acts of violence and intimidation against science involved in medical research that uses animals. If someone subscribes to the idea raised by French philosopher Renee Descartes that animals are the same as humans in that both beings feel pain yet humans have rights, therefore animals should too terrorism against activities like animal testing is the next irrational step. The emotional appeal of the strong coming to the aid of the weak is such that people who subscribe to animal rights will oft times act out of some perverse sense of justice. In reality what their activities are is nothing more than nihilistic destruction.
But what individual rights are are ethic principles drawn from reality that are applicable to beings with the capacity of deliberation and choice. The only fundamental right is the right to one’s life and to live, human beings use their reason in order to sustain and enhance their own lives. Animals are devoid of any such capability. They survive by instinct and sensory perception, not reason like human beings do and they cannot learn any other way to live. It is because of the civilization we have but that humans are nature’s favored species, and that animals are like any other resource on the Earth that human beings can exploit for our own betterment. That includes using animals in medical experiments in order to help develop life saving therapies and medicines so people can live longer, healthier lives.