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Ringach ceasing primate research due to threats
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fleaplus From: fleaplus Date: August 23rd, 2006 12:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I searched around a little and found the following article which seemed rather pleased about the event:


"You Win" were two of UCLA vivisector Dario Ringach’s final words to The North American Animal Liberation Press Office (NAALPO) via electronic communication, evidently in response to unrelenting animal activists.

The NAALPO received an e-mail on Aug. 6 from Ringach, a neurobiologist at the world-renowned university, stating that he will no longer experiment on non-human primates. No specific reason was disclosed, except that he be removed from Web sites exposing his atrocities, and that his family be left alone. There was no mention of regret or plans for atonement.

"The Press Office has received numerous letters of congratulations and done numerous media interviews regarding Dario Ringach's sudden decision to stop torturing animals in his laboratory. Both NPR National and UPI have picked up the story," said Press Officer Dr. Jerry Vlasak. "The Press Office is also in receipt of a press release by the UCLA public relations office confirming Ringach's decision."

Animal activists have unceasingly sought to expose the animal suffering emitting from his laboratory. Ringach’s home has been the target of numerous demonstrations and neighbors were provided with leaflets detailing the researcher's unscientific and unnecessary violence.

A press release from the NAALPO stated that fellow UCLA researcher, Lynn Fairbanks, was the target of an attack by the underground Animal Liberation Front last month, in which an incendiary device was reportedly left on her porch. It also mentioned that Fairbanks is notorious at UCLA for keeping hundreds of Vervet monkeys in cages, purportedly to study psychological and social problems such as substance abuse, criminality and violence.

According to UCLAPrimateFreedom.com, Ringach’s experiments will advance understanding of how monkeys process what they see, and also that he has been approved to kill 30 macaque monkeys for vision experiments, where each moneky is first paralyzed, then used for a single session that lasts up to 120 hours, and finally killed.

"While we do not know at this time whether Ringach made his decision after examining his conscience and deciding to do the right thing because it’s the right thing, or whether he made the decision out of concern for his own safety and that of his family. The animals who will be spared his abuse don't care why he stopped his atrocities, only that he has stopped," Vlasak said.
kotovski From: kotovski Date: August 23rd, 2006 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)
dude, this is priceless

Dario Ringach wants to know how monkeys process what they see. Activists proposed that the only thing Dario sees is dollar signs as he laps at the troughs of the government grant gravy train. He somehow convinces the NIH that learning how monkeys see will yield life-saving benefits for humans. Well, the NIH certainly saves Dario's life each time they send him a big fat grant check! Meanwhile, millions of Americans cannot afford adequate vision care for themselves and their families.

fleaplus From: fleaplus Date: August 23rd, 2006 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
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