Speaking of Research: Students Stand Up for Animal Testing

Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:12pm EDT

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The tide could be turning
against animal rights activists who demonstrate on campuses around the nation.
Today marks the launch of Speaking of Research (SR), a student outreach
organization, which aims to rally students and faculty in support of
lifesaving medical research using animals.

Speaking of Research seeks to challenge animal rights dominance of the issue
by participating in talks and debates on campuses across the country in the
coming months. The group's website, http://www.speakingofresearch.org,
provides students with the information and encouragement to enable them to
speak out on the issue. 

Animal rights activism is now at an all time high in the United States. 
Several university researchers have recently had their homes attacked by
protesters while other scientists and their families have been threatened by
mail, email and phone. 

Tom Holder, founder of Speaking of Research, said: "Students played a major
part in changing public attitudes toward animal research in the UK, and we
believe that American students can do the same. Animal research is responsible
for most of the lifesaving treatments we take for granted, from anesthetics
and asthma inhalers to penicillin and insulin. It's time to stand up for
science, reason and the belief that a small and sometimes violent minority
should not be allowed to dictate the future of medical research."

In the UK, the student movement Pro-Test (http://www.pro-test.org.uk) was one
of the main driving forces behind creating open, popular support for animal
research. In 2006 it held the first ever demonstration in support of animal
research, attracting nearly 1,000 people. Holder was head organizer for all
three Pro-Test demonstrations, and has since moved to the US in order to help
bring balance to a debate which has been monopolized by animal rights groups.

Jacquie Calnan, president of Americans for Medical Progress
(http://www.amprogress.org), a non-profit that provides support for scientists
who carry out animal research, commented: "For far too long our college
campuses have been prime recruitment turf for animal rights groups seeking to
misrepresent scientists' need for animals in biomedical research.  Animal
rights disinformation campaigns have dissuaded some students from pursuing
careers in the life sciences, and others to actively oppose the ongoing search
for medical progress." 

SOURCE  Speaking of Research

Tom Holder of Speaking of Research, +1-703-395-0646,
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