An AP story from late last month describes the way Oxford University is turning out to be the focal point in battle between science and the animal rights movement. According to the article:
They firebombed an Oxford University boathouse, planted explosives beneath cars and appear to have stolen the remains of an 82-year-old woman.
Now animal rights activists are vowing to turn Oxford into a battleground in order to stop construction of a new biomedical research centre "” and the university is promising it will be built.
To give you a feel for how big this issue is becoming, considering the following observations:
Britain is facing increased pressure to deal with radical animal activists, who analysts say could cost the country billions of dollars a year in lost investment.
Activists claimed a victory this week when a family-run guinea pig farm in northwest England announced it would no longer breed animals for medical experiments "” and appealed for the return of the remains of the co-owner's mother-in-law, which they believe extremists stole from a churchyard grave in October.
Attention has now turned to a construction site on the edge of Oxford's science area, where animal rights activists have stalled a university project to build a new Biomedical Research centre to replace aging laboratories.
Medical experiments on animals are to be conducted in the $32-million (U.S.) building as part of research into treatment for diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
"Oxford is going to become a big battleground," said Mel Broughton, co-founder of Speak, the group leading the campaign against the facility. "The government has said they will draw the line in the sand over construction at Oxford. We've kept the same view, this is something we won't back down from."
The animal rights terrorists have targeted Oxford University as the battle ground. They have already succeeded in carrying out acts of violence and destruction against Oxford, have shut down a facility that provided model organisms for scientific research, and have stalled the construction of the new laboratory at Oxford.
Oxford University is the home of Richard Dawkins. Dawkins considers himself the "drum-banger" for Science and even has the title, Professor for the Public Understanding of Science. So has the prolific Richard Dawkins finally said something about about this? Has he explained to the public the importance of animal research? Go to Google News:
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This "drum-banger" of science obviously doesn't not have it within him to defend the practice of science against terrorists. Even when the buildings are burning around him.