Date: November 23, 1992

A major goal of all animal rights activists is to stop the use of animals in scientific research, no matter how humanely it is conducted or how many human or animal lives would be saved or enhanced by it. The only differences among the various animal rights groups are the tactics and timetables for achieving that goal. Guided by what they consider a higher ethic, some animal rights zealots will use any means, including terrorism, to accomplish their objectives. The climate of fear generated by these activists has dissuaded many scientists from speaking out and thereby becoming targets of their often-violent behavior. Despite the threat it poses to scientific research, the animal rights movement today is stronger than ever. Activists not only have launched approximately 400 local and national groups, but also have infiltrated such traditionally well-regarded organizations as the Humane Society of the United States...

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