Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Should vivisectors shelter Nazis?

The Associated Press and other news agencies are reporting that the Simon Wiesenthal Center has launched a poster campaign in several German cities appealing for help in tracking down the last surviving Nazi war criminals.

"About 2,000 posters depicting the entrance gate of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz were put up in the cities of Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne asking the public to come forward with information that may lead to the arrest of Nazis some seven decades after the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich."

See for instance:
New poster campaign aims to find last living Nazi war criminals in Germany
Published July 23, 2013
Associated Press

This effort to find, try, and jail, perhaps even execute, elderly Nazi's must be disturbing to vivisectors. It's hard to miss the fact that slowly but surely and probably inexorably, animals are being seen as sensitive beings with the right not to be harmed -- even if harming them makes us happy or is claimed to help us in some way. See for instance the news that India is moving to ban the use of cetaceans in entertainment and has stipulated that dolphins are non-human persons. Or the change in course by two of the most conservative nominally anti-animal organizations in the U.S., the Institute of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health both stating publicly that chimpanzees are so much like humans that they ought not be treated like, well, like animals are treated in biomedical research. The times, they are a changin'.

The writing is on the wall. People who torture animals in the name of science will sooner rather then later be seen in the same light as the Nazis who experimented on human prisoners in the name of science. Although what both groups of people were and are doing was and currently is legal, even sanctioned by their governments, that little detail hasn't mattered and won't matter in the future. Vivisectors will need to go underground, slip away to Uruguay or Bolivia and change their names. This must give them some pause and some sympathy for the Nazis for whom the vivisectors must feel some affinity.

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