Michael Fumento

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) say they?re just animal lovers. In reality, they call humans ?a cancer? and demand we all become vegetarians. They also say that all animal testing ? necessary for discovering new drugs and critically important treatments ? be eliminated. ?Even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we'd be against it,? says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk

Indeed, PETA?s latest target is the world?s largest medical research contracting lab, Covance, which has a facility in Vienna, Va. They?ve accused the company of committing horrors with laboratory monkeys, claiming they have video footage to prove it. Yet bizarrely that which they?ve released shows no such thing ? making a monkey out of PETA.

A PETA infiltrator made secret tapes of the animals and their handling over an 11-month period. The group chopped that down to a select 28 minutes, and then cut it further to just a few minutes which it displays on its website ? presumably ?the worst of the worst.? Yet other than a tap on the head, we see nothing more beastly than cursing at some unruly animals. One clip depicts a monkey pacing in its cage. Oh, my!

Apparently PETA hopes you?ll pay more attention to its captions supposedly explaining what?s going on than you will to the actual video ? and that you?ll be shocked that lab animals are actually used in experiments rather than treated as pets. But that?s not abuse.

?If that?s the worst they?ve been able to find,? says Foundation for Biomedical Research President Franki Trull, ?I?d have to guess Covance has a first-class facility.? Certainly nobody has a greater interest in protecting those animals than Covance. Real abuse would also violate the Animal Welfare Act and the USDA Animal Welfare Regulations and Standards ? and send drug companies to other labs.

Despite this backfiring stunt, however, PETA remains both savvy and dangerous. Fortunately, lawmakers and PETA targets ? including Covance ? seem to be finally realizing how serious the PETA and animal rights problem is.

Michael Fumento

Michael Fumento is a, journalist, and attorney specializing in science and health issues as well as author of BioEvolution: How Biotechnology is Changing Our World .

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