The Freedom of Speech Paradox

The world is a complex mix of competing views. Politicians and pressure groups have fought long and hard to find a balance between the desire for free speech, and the need to limit the voices of extremism and irresponsibility within our communities. Few would condemn the arrest of someone who shouts "fire" in a crowded, … Continue reading The Freedom of Speech Paradox

Violence vs Non-Violence? The AR Debate!

A Fractured Movement? It is easy to believe that the animal rights movement is one giant bloc, working together to abolish animal research using tactics which range from the legal, to the dubious, to the outright criminal. However it is these range of tactics which prove to be the most divisive point for activists, and … Continue reading Violence vs Non-Violence? The AR Debate!

Why UCLA Pro-Test must reject the requests of extremists

The violent animal rights extremist organization the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) recently released a communique challenging UCLA Pro-Test to a radio debate. Just two working days later and ALF spokesman Jerry Vlasak decided that UCLA Pro-Test had given in and released this statement: I relish the opportunity to debate not only the lack of scientific … Continue reading Why UCLA Pro-Test must reject the requests of extremists

Bloggers fighting back against AR misinformation

It's not ordinarily that I report on the actions of bloggers but it was so refreshing to see their immediate responses to a newspaper article by Simon Chaitowitz. Simon Chaitowitz is the former communications director of PCRM - a psuedo-science organisation whose former spokesman was none other than Jerry violence-against-researchers-is-justified Vlasak. Chaitowitz, who is sadly … Continue reading Bloggers fighting back against AR misinformation

Arson, Santa Cruz, and crimes against medicine

It began with an animal rights pamphlet in a Santa Cruz coffee shop that listed the names and addresses of 13 researchers who used animals. It ended with two firebombs - one destroying a researcher's car, the other, at 5:40am, aimed at a second researcher, Dr. David Feldheim's house, forcing him and his family (including … Continue reading Arson, Santa Cruz, and crimes against medicine

Vlasak: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

Jerry Vlasak is a high profile animal rights activist, and one of the three spokesmen for the North American Animal Liberation Press Office (ALPO), an organization which reports acts of violence and vandalism carried out by the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and Animal Rights Militia (ARM). He was formerly a spokesman for Physicians Committee for … Continue reading Vlasak: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?