ALF Claims Responsibility for CALAS National Office Vandalism

On Tuesday, July 15, an act of vandalism occurred near the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science National Office in Toronto, ON.  There were no injuries and a police investigation is ongoing. The extremist website Bite Back published an unsigned communique: "On July 14, 2014, in Toronto, the Animal Liberation Front injected butyric acid into … Continue reading ALF Claims Responsibility for CALAS National Office Vandalism

An open letter to those who support violence in the name of animal rights

The following is an open letter from a victim of animal rights extremism.  It was sent to a Los Angeles Times journalist in an effort to draw his attention to the problem. The letter was never published. Her family, not connected to animal research, was the mistaken target of the Animal Liberation Front attack on a UCLA … Continue reading An open letter to those who support violence in the name of animal rights

Stop Harassing Scientists!

Harassment is the act of systematic and/or continued unwanted and annoying actions of one party or a group, including threats and demands. The purposes may vary, but in the case of animal extremists it consists of personal malice, their attempt to force scientists engaged in legal, regulated research to quit their job, and to merely … Continue reading Stop Harassing Scientists!

Tom Regan’s War Declaration: the 25th Year Anniversary

It is not every day that a moral philosopher declares war on the work of his academic colleagues. It happened 25 years ago, on the steps of the Federal Building in Los Angeles, just a couple of blocks from UCLA. “We are here today to declare war on vivisection!” were Tom Regan’s opening words in … Continue reading Tom Regan’s War Declaration: the 25th Year Anniversary

Animal rights activism and medicine 100 years ago

There is a rather interesting book, Animal Experimentation and Medical Progress by William Williams Keen, published in 1914, which describes some of the incidents in the animal research debate during the early 1900s.  What is  striking about this book is that it illustrates very clearly how little (if at all) the arguments and tactics of animal … Continue reading Animal rights activism and medicine 100 years ago

Conspiracy and greed

Opponents of the use of animals in medical research have difficulty reconciling their claim that the scientific work is invalid and fraudulent with the fact that it has wide support among the scientific community and professional organizations. A recent poll by the Pew Research Center found that 93% of scientists favor the use of animals … Continue reading Conspiracy and greed

Speaking of Morality

It was with the goal of sharing my personal views on the ethics of animal research that I recently published a manuscript on the topic. I also participated in two separate, public debates with animal rights philosophers Gary Francione and Nathan Nobis. Briefly, my position is based on the notion of graded moral status.  I believe we owe moral consideration … Continue reading Speaking of Morality