Hundreds Gather for Rally to Defend Animal Research

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Science  01 May 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5927, pp. 574
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_574

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Last week marked what some hope will be a turning point in the clash of wills between proponents of biomedical research and animal-rights extremists, who've ratcheted up their attacks on researchers in the United States in recent years. On 20 April, a Los Angeles County grand jury arraigned two animal-rights activists on 10 felony charges each. The following day, the Federal Bureau of Investigation added an animal-rights activist to its Most Wanted Terrorists list for his alleged role in bombing two San Francisco–area office buildings in 2003--the first time a domestic terrorist has been added to the list that includes the likes of Osama bin Laden. And on 22 April, hundreds of people turned out for a pro-research rally at the University of California, Los Angeles.