I have studied and cared for animals for more than 50 years as a veterinarian and biomedical researcher. But it wasn't until I saw my friends and colleagues harassed and terrorized by animal rights activists nearly 30 years ago that I began actively defending the humane use of animals and research. My activism earned me a destructive visit from the same fringe element.
It all started in 1981 when I began to defend neuroscientist linkurl:Edward Taub,;http://www.psy.uab.edu/taub.htm a researcher in Silver Spring, MD, who had been targeted by the founders of the fledgling People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA). Angered by what I had seen Taub -- who is now at the University of Alabama at Birmingham -- suffer, I became an active defender of biomedical researchers who use animals in their work. On the night of January 14, 1990, animal rights extremists invaded and vandalized my University of...
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