November 11, 2010
Tulane National Primate Research Center on the Northshore is on alert after
a nationwide threat from a radical animal rights group. The threat involves
dangerous pieces of mail, and though it is not directed specifically at the
Tulane center, leaders there aren't taking any changes.
research center is often under close scrutiny by animal groups. A letter
Wednesday from the group Americans for Medical Progress -- with which Tulane
works closely -- cautions about a potential threat. "Letters could contain
razor blades, so one should be cautious when opening mail not from
recognizable source," said Laura Levy, Tulane's vice president of research.
"We thought it was useful and credible."
The letter said a scientist
on the West Coast got a letter with a death threat and containing razor
blades. It was signed by a group called "The Justice Department." The
extremist group also apparently sent out a call to action to other animal
rights activists. "Mark our words, we will destroy all who fall into our
focus," the group said. "The animals still need our help, so we must strike
hard and fast. This will be a turning point."
The Tulane Primate
Research Center is located near Covington. It houses nearly 4,000 for
medical testing. Tulane Chief Deputy of Police Randy Berggren said he would
rather be safe than sorry, so he has directed all faculty and staff to take
extra precautions when it comes to opening mail. "It's much easier for me to
tell you to start opening letters with (an) opener, rather see than not
telling anyone and we get a call saying someone cut their hand," he said.
Levy said animal research has been invaluable in creating products and
treatments for various diseases, and that all of their animals are treated
ethically and responsibly.
[Press Office Note: While 20,000 children
worldwide die every month from lack of access to clean water, vivisectors at
Tulane and other primate laboratories are wasting money addicting
primates to crystal methamphetamines, gluing coils to the globes of their
eyes and doing other inhumane and painful experiments on other species of
animals, including cats, dogs, pigs, mice and birds. In a civilized society,
and with better alternatives to animal experimentation, US academia should
be on the fore-front of good, solid, non-animal-based research that could
save the lives of children and adults alike. Until they begin doing ethical,
scientifically-valid, non-animal research, vivisectors will continue to be a
target for those who morals, courage and heroism refuse to permit them to
stand by and watch the needless suffering.]