Pro-Test for Science (formerly UCLA Pro-Test) are coordinating a gathering of like minded people this Saturday on the edge of the UCLA campus. Building on previous successes they aim to address many of the spurious claims made by animal rights activists. Speaking of Research urge anyone in the area to go and support them in this endeavour.
Press release below:
Members of the UCLA Community to Gather to Endorse the Value and Humane Nature of Biomedical Research involving Animals
On October 24, 2009 at 5 PM, members of the UCLA and Los Angeles communities will gather on the UCLA campus to show their strong support for humane, regulated biomedical research, including that involving laboratory animals, and to directly rebut the increasingly misleading claims made by animal rights activists and extremists regarding the crucial work being undertaken on our campus. The event is coordinated by Pro-Test for Science, a group founded at UCLA, whose mission includes supporting the regulated use of animals in research and assisting researchers who are harassed for their work. Professors David Jentsch and Dario Ringach, themselves targets of animal rights extremists, will be on hand to set the record straight about the exceptional benefits to human and animal welfare that stem from research at UCLA and to address pernicious mistruths about the conduct of researchers and research on our campus.
At the same time, a group of anti-animal research activists and extremists is expected to congregate nearby. False claims by anti-animal research groups about UCLA research have led to costly investigations by the National Institutes of Health and US Department of Agriculture, conducted at taxpayer expense, that have found the campus was conducting research appropriately and humanely. Nevertheless, these groups continue to spread lies in order to disrupt crucial research. On the evening of October 24, their continuing lies and deceptions will not go un-answered.
Saturday, October 24 2009; 5-8 PM
UCLA Campus – Northwest Corner of Le Conte and Westwood Blvd.
Media contacts to David Jentsch or Dario Ringach at email@example.com (or at 310-825-8258).