World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week: Protests Fail To Weaken Scientists' Resolve

Biomedical researchers vow to go on using animal subjects in their labs, despite acts of personal intimidation Researchers targeted by a wave of protests from animal rights supporters late last month vow that the hunger strikes, sit-ins, candlelight vigils, and even some acts of vandalism by the activists will not deter them from continuing their work. The demonstrations were staged as a part of a national week of protests against the use of animals in biomedical research called World

Ron Kaufman
May 30, 1993

Biomedical researchers vow to go on using animal subjects in their labs, despite acts of personal intimidation


Researchers targeted by a wave of protests from animal rights supporters late last month vow that the hunger strikes, sit-ins, candlelight vigils, and even some acts of vandalism by the activists will not deter them from continuing their work.

The demonstrations were staged as a part of a national week of protests against the use of animals in biomedical research called World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week (WLALW). Animal rights activists have sponsored the week annually for the past five years--this year from April 24 through May 1. The 1993 WLALW featured 36 separate demonstrations at universities and medical centers throughout the United States.

Departing slightly from the tactics of previous years, many activists observed the 1993 WLALW by focusing their complaints not on an entire school or institution, but against a single researcher...

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