December 13, 2007, - 3:10 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
We all know that, if it came down to it, People for the Unethical Treatament of Animals and humans (PUTAh) a/k/a “PETA” President Ingrid Newkirk would never offer herself oup for experiments to save our lives. She’d never offer to take the place of one of the animals she claims is so precious and equal to a human being.
Yet, PETA continues in its absurd media-grabbing tactics with a letter to Homeland Security’s Michael “Serpenthead” Chertoff asking him to something good that has nothing to do with his horrid “leadership”–experimenting on animals to improve medical countermeasures that could help protect us–and her and her PUTAh friends–in a biological, chemical, radiological or nuclear terrorist attack. That’s a National Institutes of Health endeavor:
“I urge you to put an immediate end to this completely unnecessary abuse of chimpanzees,” Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), wrote to Chertoff.
PETA set its sights on Chertoff because his department oversees work done under a government program called Project BioShield, a multiagency effort to improve medical countermeasures that could help protect people during biological, chemical, radiological or nuclear terrorist attacks.
The bioterrorism research, being conducted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), involves tests on chimpanzees to try to develop antibody treatments for potentially deadly pathogens such as anthrax and smallpox ‚Äî pathogens the government warns could be used by terrorists to sicken and kill thousands of people. Bioterrorist attacks are one of the government’s biggest concerns in the war on terror.
PETA says the tests require painful bone marrow extractions and decades of cruel isolation for the caged chimps and aren’t needed. . . .
[A spokesman for NIH where the research is conducted said that] nimals in federally funded research projects are protected by laws and regulations “to ensure they are used in the smallest numbers possible and with the greatest commitment to their comfort.”
He added that the animals are given anesthesia and other medication to prevent pain during the bone marrow extractions. . . .
Dozier said “national and international sentiment has clearly turned away from using chimpanzees in research.”
Uh, it has? News to me. The only poll they need to take for this is of people dying of smallpox or anthrax exposure. I guarantee the results of that polling will be otherwise.
Give these fatal illneses and exposures to Newkirk and the PUTAh gang. And then see whether or not they want to die or have animal experimentation. If they choose death, well . . . that’s what natural selection is all about.
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