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Just after I made this post I got a message from one of the animal resources regulatory affairs groups. They forwarded the following Animal Activist News reports which I decided to paste here. One of the more bizarre things about this is the fact that "Human Research Subjects" do not have an advocacy group, like these fighting for animals. No one is out there attacking places where research in humans takes place. Instead, there are advocacy groups comprised of research subjects who WANT to be IN research projects. Go figure?

WEEK FOR PROTESTS QUIET IN U.S. SO FAR, POSSIBLE ACTIVIST ATTACK ON HOME IN U.K.

Thus far it has been a very lackluster week for the activist-designated World Week for Animals in Laboratories here in the United States. Activities have centered
on speeches and vigils on college campuses and media stunts, such as the "Research Crime" leafleting of Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas by a few people from Texas Establishment for Animal Rights. Activists last night staged a vigil at the University of Minnesota labs hit by the Animal Liberation Front in an overnight raid two weeks ago.

Several protests are scheduled around the country today and Saturday. Specific information on individual protests may be found on a site run by In Defense of Animals at http://www.wwail.org

In the U.K., police are investigating an attack April 14 on the East Yorkshire home of a former director of a laboratory animal breeding company, B+K Universal. Paul Sanders' name and home address had recently been listed in an animal rights leaflet. Bricks were thrown at his home and acid was poured on his car. His family, including three children, were home at the time. Sanders currently manages a recruitment firm for laboratory techs and veterinarians. -----------------------------------------------------

MINNESOTA SENATE PUSHES FOR ANTI-ALF RAID LAW

The Minnesota state senate this week approved an amendment to a criminal justice appropriations bill that would make both the "unauthorized release of animals" and claiming responsibility for such an act a crime punishable by up to a year in jail plus civil damages.

The amendment would be retroactive to January 1, making the perpetrators of the UMinn raid subject to its provisions. The amendment passed unanimously, and the entire appropriations package won a 62-2 vote.

A powerful commentary on the ethics of animal research, by one of the scientists whose lab was damaged, is available on the Minneapolis Star Tribune page. Go to http://www.startribune.com and use the search engine term "transgenic" A broader term such as "animal liberation" will produce more of the Star Tribune's continuing excellent coverage of the crime.

Pictures of the damage caused to the UMinn labs by the vandals may be found on the AMP web site at http://www.amprogress.org/uminn.htm

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ACTIVISTS RALLYING AGAINST XENOTRANSPLANT RESEARCH

The Committee for Responsible Transplantation is urging readers of the main animal rights channels on the Internet to send in anti-xeno research comments in response to the FDA's new "Guidance for Industry: Public Health Issues Posed by the Use of Nonhuman Primate Xenografts in Humans."

The FDA report notes there are "substantial public health safety concerns" surrounding the use of nonhuman primate xenographs and calls for further scientific research, evaluation and discussion with an eye to assessing and potentially reducing NHP xenograph risks.

The FDA document may be obtained by autoreply fax by calling 301 827 3844 and requesting document 0693. The FDA is receiving public comments until July 6.

Committee for Responsible Transplantation is urging that the comments include opposition not only to NHP xenographs but also to pigs--and any other species--as a source animal. CRT is a coalition of groups that includes PETA, In Defense of Animals, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and many others animal rights interests.

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MAb REPORT ON LINE

The new Institute for Laboratory Research report of the Committee on Methods of Producing Monoclonal Antibodies is now available on the NIH web site: http://www.nih.gov/grants/news/htm A 60 day comment period is now open.

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ACTIVISTS PURSUE TWO ANTI-RESEARCH LAWSUITS

A May 3 hearing has been scheduled for a lawsuit seeking to stop Texas Tech University researchers from studying the habits of fire ants. PETA has called the research "bizarre" and claims the study inflicts ants on baby quails, pregnant deer and other animals.

Texas Tech Associate Vice Chancellor Cindy Rugeley said, "It's our effort to try to find some way to eradicate fire ants so they don't post a risk to wildlife. Our goal is to help the animals, not hurt them."
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The Mississippi state Supreme Court reinstated a 1997 lawsuit opposing the use of greyhounds in research by the Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Animal activists claim the dogs were being used without the knowledge of the dogs' owners for hip transplant research and as blood donors.

The suit, filed by In Defense of Animals and the National Greyhound Adoption Network, had been dismissed on the grounds the university had sovereign immunity. The state Supreme Court found that the initial judge had given to broad a scope to the protections of sovereign immunity. The case has been returned for trial.
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