Please leave your messages of support including your full name in the comment section at the bottom of the page (no sign up necessary). We must show our fellow scientists that they have our support. Names in the comment section will be added to the signatures at the bottom of the post.
When researchers are harassed and intimidated for carrying out their work, we must consider the whole scientific community to be under threat. We may not always be available to stand shoulder to shoulder with our colleagues, but we can still offer our strength and support from afar.
For more than a decade, the streets in front of the homes of UCLA researchers have been the scene of regular, brutal, vitriolic and hate-filled campaigns by animal rights hooligans. … We have decided to act, with our voices, our messages of scientific progress and – most importantly – with the unity of our community.
Speaking of the successful first counter-demonstration at a home protest Professor Dario Ringach writes:
… it should not come as a surprise to anyone that after a decade of harassment, intimidation and threats, we have decided to mount counter-demonstrations when these animal right terrorists show up at our homes.
These activists now have the shameless audacity to play the victim of this encounter. Incapable of understanding the message, they are now recruiting more misguided individuals to join them in their fanatical crusade and come back to harass us at our homes on February 15th.
We will be there to meet them once more and convey one simple message,
We are not going to take it anymore!
Colleagues and friends – please take a moment to leave a message of support for the brave UCLA scientists who have been subjected to fire bombs, home harassment, threats to their children, and relentless fear-campaigns for over a decade by animal rights activists, yet continue their work to advance science. It may be difficult to imagine what this is like, and easy to imagine is an issue that is someone else’s– one that will never be yours– but it is not. It is an attack on public interest in scientific progress, in medical progress, civil dialogue, and democratic ideals. Our community is often silent in the face of attacks. We can change that and we really must.
For those who think that this is about animal welfare, about specific types of research, about whether or not invasive research in nonhuman animals is justified, or about some other distinction among the wide range of issues concerning captive animals, it really is not.
These are our colleagues and scientists who bravely defend their work, who engage in public dialogue, who lend their voices to serious, fact-based consideration of ethical issues. Consider whether you really believe that the actions taken by the animal rights groups represent a best path forward. If you do not, please take a minute to comment in support of the UCLA scientists and share with others who can be there to stand with them. Even if you cannot be in LA to stand with them, you can offer a comment in support and let the public know that home harassment is the wrong path.
Please leave a comment including your full name to be added to the list below.
We should all be Pro-Test. Now it’s time to say so.
Speaking of Research
Counter-demonstration. When: February 15, 10:15am sharp!
Where: Franz Hall Lobby @ UCLA (near Hilgard and Westholme) http://maps.ucla.edu/campus/
Allyson J Bennett
Prof Doris Doudet
Prof Bill Yates
Brian L Ermeling
Dennis J Foster
Juan Carlos Marvizon
António Carlos Pinto Oliveira
Janet R Schofding
Giordana Bruno Michela
Robert M. Parker
Marco Delli Zotti
Carolina Garcia de Alba
David Andrade Carbajal
John J Eppig
Michele A. Basso
Daniel T. Cannon
Jon E. Levine
Fabio De Maio
Rachel J. Smith, PhD
Michael J. Garrison