Debra J. Saunders

When abortion foes have harassed -- even killed -- abortion clinic workers, outrage rightly has followed. Oddly, when animal rights activists threaten and harass people who are trying to cure diseases, the silence is deafening.

When they've expanded their harassment to include people who work for targeted companies, and companies that will not pledge to not do business with targeted companies -- as Chiron refused to do -- there is little outcry.

When animal-rights activists' vandalism cowed the New York Stock Exchange so that it pulled the planned listing of Life Sciences Research -- a medical-research firm -- in 2005, the New York Times didn't bother to report it.

Now Vlasak says that animal-rights activists will move to the next level. Expect more firebombs, more harassment campaigns -- and less research. And because there is no partisan angle to this story -- no Democratic or Republican bogeyman -- there is no outrage.

Note: Saunders' husband, Wesley J. Smith, is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and is writing a book critical of the animal rights/liberation movement.


Debra J. Saunders


 
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