Malaysian Official Says God Made Animals for Testing

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A Malaysian government official defended an Indian company's plans to build an animal testing medicine lab in his state, saying Monday that God created monkeys and rats for experiments to benefit humans. That's why he created rats and monkeys. God created monkeys, and some have to be tested.". This is pretty vile in my opinion. From the AP.

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Appeal Denied for Six Activists Convicted Under AEPA

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Huntingdon used mostly mice and rats , but also some dogs, monkeys, fish and guinea pigs , in its research in New Jersey. It was a 2-1 decision by the US Court of Appeals. From the Philadelphia Inquirer. Six members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty were convicted at a 2006 trial in New Jersey of conspiracy to violate the 1992 Animal Enterprise Protection Act. The law, since revised, aimed to protect animal research laboratories from illegal, sometimes violent protests.

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Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

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Engber mentions that in 1972, the USDA put into place "a special exemption for rats, mice, and birds, allowing scientists to treat them however they saw fit—in cages of any size, in experiments with any degree of pain and suffering. He concludes this segment with: Meanwhile, rats and mice are subject to some of the most extreme and invasive experiments in biomedicine. Scientists mapped out the entire mouse genome in 2002 and the rat genome in 2004.) Part V: Me and My Monkey.

Southwest Primate Center "Celebrates" 10 Years

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Without giving away the name so we don't get sued, we modeled the diet after a fast-food value meal,” Comuzzie said Thursday at a 10th birthday celebration for the Southwest National Primate Research Center, which maintains the foundation's massive colony of baboons, monkeys and chimps. And let's not forget the required sanctimonious quote from an animal researcher “Our primates are essential partners in medical progress, as are mice, rats, guinea pigs and opossums.

Are We Much Better than Michael Vick?

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Homemakers employ deadly rat traps and poisons to rid their dwellings of vermin. In university labs nationwide, scientists inflict spinal-cord injuries on dogs and cats, inject rats with carcinogens, test dangerous drugs on monkeys, and do all kinds of evil things to guinea pigs in the name of scientific research. This is an excellent opinion piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer.