As many of you are aware, the UCLA research community has been under assault from the Animal Rights Activist community for
a couple of many years now. There has been an escalating series of attacks on the individual investigator's homes and property, the most recent being the successful fire-bombing of a researcher's car.
This researcher has been instrumental in creating a chapter of Pro-Test in the UCLA community.
Students, faculty and staff at UCLA have formed a group to demonstrate their support for life-saving medical research, and as a sign of solidarity towards those scientists who have been the victims of recent animal rights extremism. California has become the center of anti animal-research extremism in the US, with anti-biomedical research groups and underground terrorist organizations putting on regular demonstrations against laboratories and scientists across the state. There have also been numerous incidents of extremism by groups such as the Animal Liberation Brigade (ALB) and the "Justice Department." UCLA Pro-Test founder David Jentsch was the victim of such an attack, when his car was firebombed and his personal safety threatened, by the ALB.
The campus movement, UCLA Pro-Test, has organized a demonstration on Wednesday, April 22nd in order to support medical research; it will coincide with the "World Week for Animals in Laboratories" rally organized by various anti-research extremist groups. The upcoming UCLA Pro-Test demonstration parallels the 2006 demonstrations by the UK student organization Pro-Test, which opened the public debate on animal research in the UK and contributed to the downfall of animal rights activism in the UK. One of UK Pro-Tests founders, Tom Holder, will be on hand at the Los Angeles rally to show his support for our efforts and to emcee the event.
If you are near UCLA and support animal research, please join the demonstration.
Demonstration: Wednesday April 22nd 2009. 11:30 am Location: UCLA Campus - Junction of Westwood Blvd & Le Conte Ave.
There is a Facebook group, in case you want to keep up with the goings-on. More importantly, adding yourself to the Member list will be an important contribution to one of the underlying idea of Pro-Test, i.e., to show just how many people support animal research.
Nick has a great overview of the history of Pro-Test in the UK.