Firebombs target UC-Santa Cruz scientists who use animals in researchThere is something smelly about all of this.
AUTHORITIES DECRY RISE IN VIOLENCE 'IN THE NAME OF ANIMAL RIGHTS'
.... Assemblyman Gene Mullin, D-San Mateo, who has been championing legislation to increase civil and criminal penalties in cases where academic researchers are attacked because of their work, said Saturday that he was saddened and surprised by dual firebombings.
But, he added, violence against researchers has been on the rise; while condemning the acts, he predicted Saturday's firebombings probably would prompt legislators to move on the bill.
Researcher targeted in flyer speaks outNo, I don’t think “they” are that stupid.
.... Pradip K. Mascharak, a 25-year UCSC researcher, said the crudely made flyers discovered Wednesday at a downtown coffee shop are misleading. As a chemist, he said he can't use animals in his research, which most recently has included creating a nitric oxide compound to treat skin cancer.
"They should have better things to do," Mascharak said Friday. “Are they stupid enough not to see that I am a chemist, not a biologist?"
These events suggest to me that something other than animal rights activism is at work here.
First, information about who is doing what to animals is readily available on the Internet. It strains credibility to imagine that any animal rights activists wanting to target vivisectors are not familiar with the publicly funded and freely accessible online databases.
Second, the “crudely made flyers” are reminiscent of the “Islamic terrorists’” notes that accompanied the anthrax-ladened letters that we now know were sent by US Army employed vivisector, Bruce E. Ivins:
09-11-01More on Ivins here, here, and here.
YOU CAN NOT STOP US.
WE HAVE THIS ANTHRAX.
YOU DIE NOW.
ARE YOU AFRAID?
DEATH TO AMERICA.
DEATH TO ISRAEL.
ALLAH IS GREAT.
Third, government has a long, rich, sordid history of just this sort of provocateurism.
July 31, 2008 Speaking at the Campus Progress journalism conference earlier this month, Seymour Hersh — a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist for The New Yorker — revealed that Bush administration officials held a meeting recently in the Vice President’s office to discuss ways to provoke a war with Iran.Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction are a case in point.
If you know much about the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement, or nearly any other progressive movement that has challenged big business or government, you will be able to add many examples of government’s and industry’s various underhanded often deadly manipulations of public opinion to the list.
The firebombings in Santa Cruz don’t seem like the work of animal rights activists; they seem more like the work of those who want to vilify them and who want to defend the very lucrative vivisection industry and by extension, all industries that exploit animals.