Friday, July 22, 2005
Compare and Contrast
By Mark S. Blumberg with Indymedia's report, THE ANIMAL LIBERATION FRONT RESCUES 401 ANIMALS FROM UNIVERSITY IN IOWA + DESTROYS LABS! by "Happy Rat!".
From the Indymedia 'press release'
This was not thoughtless vandalism but a methodical effort to cripple the UI psychology department's animal research. Only equipment in rooms where animals were confined and tortured were targeted. Only computers belonging to or used in the work of vivisectors were destroyed. Only documents of animal researchers waere doused in acid.What were these documents according to the victim's version of events?
The cost of the cleanup, replacement of valuable equipment and purchasing of new animals totaled in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Contrary to initial reports, relatively little data were lost (in part because the attackers seemed more concerned with smashing computers than erasing hard drives) although even small losses can have far-reaching consequences for research.It gets better:
Instead, it was the human cost that was most devastating. Imagine the horror of walking into your office at work, as one of my young colleagues did, to find computers, books and personal effects (such as ultrasound images of your unborn child) soaked in acid.
Because of the established link between violence towards animals and that towards humans, we offer as a public safety measure the home addresses of UI Psych Dept. vivisectorsWhich they go on to list and which are still visible.
This is where the Indymedia story ends, but for the victim it was just beginning.
Unfortunately, the attack on the building is where our story begins, not ends. For what followed was a series of well-orchestrated harassments.And what happened to the animals?
Next came the video.Read both articles and ask who the animals are.
It was particularly difficult for me to watch as my infant rats, along with their mothers, were thrown together with several other adults, knowing (as these animal "liberators" apparently did not) that cannibalism of the young was the likely outcome. There was no video of that.
An Indymedia piece subsequent to the WaPo article asks:
why is it that its 'okay' for animal rights activists to smash property, harass and intimidate people, but the moment they are arrested for it, people cry that they are being harrassed and intimidated?!Hypocrisy on Indymedia? Never!
I've found that that is the best way to shut up an animal rights activist. Let them know their words and/or actions will result in the death of Bambis everywhere.