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Justin Goodman Justly Awarded

[Hartford Courant]

Justin Goodman came to Connecticut three years ago to finish his undergraduate degree and pursue graduate work in sociology at the University of Connecticut, but there's little doubt he's most known here for his work protecting laboratory animals.

Recently, Goodman, who is 27 and lives in Vernon, received PETA's Nanci Alexander Award - a national award given to the activist of the year - for his success in exposing experiments on monkeys' brains at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Last year, the research - which PETA called "cruel and deadly" - was shut down.

Now Goodman, who has been hired by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) as a research associate, has set his sights on a program at Hartford Hospital that involves stabbing live pigs in the abdomen and chest, so that surgery trainees can practice repairing them. Goodman is holding regular pickets outside the hospital to protest the monthly training practice. Goodman insists there are many other ways to practice this surgery without using animals.

Asked to comment, spokesmen for both hospitals e-mailed statements saying each hospital has been accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International and complies with other standards for animal research. Asked about the research on monkeys, Maureen McGuire, spokeswoman for the University of Connecticut Health Center, said in an e-mail that there would be no additional comment.
Q: So when you came to Connecticut in the fall of 2004 were you thinking that animals rights would be a big part of your life?

A: I knew I wanted my graduate work to focus on the animal rights movement, examining the animal rights movements as a social movement academically like the civil rights movement and the environmental movement. I had no idea that I would become so entrenched as an activist.
They stab the pigs, giving them wounds meant to mimic stab wounds and gunshot wounds in the organs. First of all there's a fundamental problem with this research altogether. These people are looking to better understand human disorders. An analogy would be if you wanted to understand a pig you wouldn't take a human being and cut them open. Learning these procedures on human beings actually afflicted with these injuries is the best way to study these things.

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