Friday, November 15, 2013

Brazil: Animal Rights Extremists Target Biomedical Lab Near São Paulo

According to The Latin American Tribune, A group of activists for the protection of animals attacked a Brazilian pharmaceutical research laboratory on Wednesday (November 13) and removed an undisclosed number of mice and hamsters being used for medical research, the same institution they attacked in October resulting in the freeing of 178 dogs.

COMMENT: Unfortunately, extremist groups that believe that humans and animal life that enjoy the same rights as do humans, have no comprehension of the risks they pose to animals that are freed, which may pose greater risk to both animal life and humans alike.

The laboratory, situated in the city of San Roque, 59 kilometers (37 miles) from São Paulo, was known for using Beagles for medical experiments to find cures for diabetes, cancer, epilepsy and other diseases.

The extremists, who accused the lab of animal abuse, attacked it on October 17 and, besides removing dogs and rabbits, they destroyed furnishings and equipment.

In Wednesday’s attack, the activists held security guards of the Royal Institute captive while doing further damage to private property, breaking windows and freeing any animals remaining, which were mostly mice.

Last week, the laboratory closed down permanently for reasons related to inadequate physical, procedural and technical security, yet in recent years all pharmaceutical research laboratories have been forced to enhance their security infrastructure due to the threats posed by groups such as the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), Earth Liberation Front (ELF), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and other potentially violent animal rights groups.

Yet, most professional, well-funded biomedical labs worldwide do spend a significant amount of their funds on incident prevention which is why they flourish and continue to operate.