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!