The War on Animal Research

The War on Animal Research What it's like to be hounded by activists who will stop at nothing to stop your research. By P. Michael Conn Photographs by Bill Cramer Related Articles 1,2 I believe in the value of animal research in basic science. I have spoken and written about the importance of humane animal research and how it benefits both humans and animals.Because of my position at the OHSU primate center, an animal rights activist had urged subscribers

P. Michael Conn
Apr 1, 2008

The War on Animal Research

What it's like to be hounded by activists who will stop at nothing to stop your research.

By P. Michael Conn
Photographs by Bill Cramer

Related Articles

1,2 I believe in the value of animal research in basic science. I have spoken and written about the importance of humane animal research and how it benefits both humans and animals.

Because of my position at the OHSU primate center, an animal rights activist had urged subscribers to an animal rights listserv to write letters to the University of South Florida administration and to my academic colleagues, protesting my candidacy. In Tampa, my plane was met by animal extremists who tried to engage and film me. Exercising their rights under a state open-meetings law, they were present at most of my scheduled meetings with university committees. Some stood outside meeting room doors to berate attendees and distribute...