heeb'n'vegan

"I've noticed that quite a lot of people who are prominent in the animal liberation movement are Jews. Maybe we are simply not prepared to see the powerful hurting the weak." --Peter Singer (Author, Animal Liberation)

8.27.2005

Vivisection in the Burgh

Is it weird that I still get ideas for articles I'd like to write as though I still lived in Pittsburgh? (I left in May after graduating from Carnegie Mellon.)

This week, I couldn't help but write this one for Pittsburgh IndyMedia about animal experimentation at the University of Pittsburgh. For the more than two thousand animals suffering through appalling animal welfare violations and undergoing cruel and unnecessary tests, "newsworthy" opportunities are meant to be seized.

If I were still at Carnegie Mellon, I'd probably try to expand on that topic for The Tartan or The Carnegie Pulse and tie it in to what was going on at our school. In October 2002, The Tartan did a fantastic front-page article about experiments in the Mellon Institute that were being conducted on two dozen nonhuman primates. There's been absolute silence about the issue since then. Between the recent Pitt-related news and renewed worldwide commitment to ending the use of primates in vivisection, I think it's time for the issue to be explored again!

2 Comments:

  • At 8/30/2005 2:48 AM, Blogger David XIV said…

    Hey nice blog. do u care to respond to my comment in Punks of Zion?

     
  • At 9/13/2005 6:05 PM, Blogger heebnvegan said…

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covered the Rosenkranz story yesterday: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05255/569723.stm. This excerpt is the highlight:

    "But scientists also are aware that animal testing is inadequate. If a mouse exposed to high levels of a chemical develops a cancer, that may well be reason to worry, but it by no means proves that it could cause cancer in humans at lower levels. And animal testing is so expensive and so time consuming that most chemicals in use today have never been fully tested."

     

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