The frustration and fears of researchers whose labs and work have been destroyed by the Animal Liberation Front--along with those who, though yet unharmed, must work in continual dread of violence at the hands of animal rights extremists--are completely understandable. At the least, these researchers can take some comfort in new federal legislation.

A recent article in The Scientist headlined "Scientists Doubtful About New Law Aiming To Protect Animal Research Facilities" (Ron Kaufman, Oct. 26, 1992, page 1) may have conveyed the inaccurate notion that the Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992 is toothless. However, the legislation--sponsored by Sen. Howell T. Heflin (D-Ala.) and Rep. Charles Stenholm (D-Texas) and signed into law in August--is very strong indeed.

Unfortunately, the new research facility protection law cannot rectify the injustice suffered by past victims. It is also true that the worst animal rights zealots will not be deterred by this or any...

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