Second annual rally in support of biomedical science at UCLA

Apr 08 2010 Published by under Animals in Research

Wow, has it really been a year? Time for the second annual rally in support of biomedical research. I'll quote liberally from the UCLA Pro-Test for Science bit hosted at Speaking of Research:

In 2009, Pro-Test for Science held an historic rally on the UCLA campus; bringing over 700 people onto the streets in support of the scientists and researchers who carry out lifesaving medical research using laboratory animals. Such research continues to advance scientific knowledge and plays a vital role in the development of innovative treatments for human disease. However, animal rights extremists have continued to escalate their threats against researchers and their families.
On Thursday April 8th Pro-Test for Science will respond by rallying students, scientists and members of the public to support the cause of medical science. We call on the community to stand together against the recent tide of animal rights activism which has worked to misrepresent research and coerce those that carry it out.

A video from the rally held last year.

If you cannot attend perhaps you might want to take a look around Janet Stemwedel's blog. She has a number of thoughtful entries on topic of Research with Animals that are fantastic starting points for your own discussions that you will be having with your friends, family and colleagues. My own posts on the topic are perhaps less fulfilling but you may find a nugget or two. I would point you specifically to the Lie of the Truncated Distribution, an introduction to the heavily regulated activity of animal research, a description of additional guidelines that carry the weight of law and regulation and why the use of mice and rats is well regulated despite the Helms amendment.
You might also read a computer guy demolishing the myth that animal research can be replaced with computer simulations and an extensive and link-heavy discussion of typical animal rights' extremist tropes from Orac.
Happy reading.

4 responses so far

  • Paul Browne says:

    Thanks for the shout DrugMonkey!

  • Allyson J. Bennett says:

    Thank you for this and your other terrific posts that provide great information and discussion of issues related to animal research. Appreciate your continued commitment to furthering the public dialogue both within the scientific community and more broadly.

  • David Jentsch says:

    Yes, a year has passed - and what a year it has been! Thank you for continuing to play a role in advocating not just for sensible science but also for scientific activism. You're an inspiration to our cause.

  • DrugMonkey says:

    the first pictures are starting to show up from the rally. Click on the hashtag above and (for the Twittdefiant) you can click on any urls that contain 'twitpic'.
    Dario Ringach is estimating 600 people already. Interesting to compare this to your average well-publicized AR protest in which they are lucky to get a dozen people to show up.

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