Attacks Against Medical Researchers: Time to Take a Stand
Philadelphia, PA, March 31, 2008 – Biological Psychiatry, in its upcoming April 15th issue, is publishing a critically important commentary written by its Editors and members of its Editorial Committee and Editorial Board. This commentary is an urgent public statement, highlighting the increasing problem of terrorist acts against investigators conducting research in non-human primates in the United States. Collectively, the 87 authors wish to not only declare their stance against these terrible acts, but also to emphasize the unique and vital role that non-human primate research plays in furthering our understanding of the neurobiology and treatment of psychiatric disorders.
Attacks on these scientists are growing in number and intensity, with recent events having occurred at private residences and even against researchers’ family members, beyond the relative protection of university or institutional campuses. The authors of this Biological Psychiatry commentary unequivocally state their support for their colleagues in neuroscience research, and bring this issue into the forefront of public awareness.
Biological Psychiatry has provided access to this commentary free of charge on their website, [here, a .pdf, or here.]
It's worth noting that one of the "authors" of this defense of torture is Richard J. Davidson, himself a primate vivisector who speaks in public regularly and "promotes" kindness and compassion for all beings. He never volunteers information on his research into the neurobiology of fear and his invasive brain experiments using monkeys.
Also worth noting is the real reason for publishing this defense of torture: "we might help to ensure that these attacks upon scientists do not [stimulate] institutions to adopt overly burdensome administrative practices."
These people are all cowards who refuse to address the issue of primate vivisection openly in public in detail. They are morally adrift, refusing to address the implications of the body of evidence of mind and emotion in these and other animals. Their position boils down to one of bald old-time bigotry.