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Lab Animal Week '07 - Commentary

[Daily 49er - opinion]

April 23rd - today - officially marks the beginning of World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week, and to celebrate, let's all go to Los Angeles and partake in the protest against UCLA's Medical Research Unit. Anyone with me? Great, I'll see all five of you on the corner of LaConte and Westwood at noon. For the other thousands of students, why not?

As animal rights activist and founder of Last Chance for Animals, Chris DeRose once said, "If you heard somebody screaming for help next door, wouldn't you try to do something? Sure you would. You'd come running even if you couldn't actually hear the screams, especially if you knew that person was being tortured to death and needed your help - and the animals are screaming for our help, right now!"

So why is the support for these tormented creatures not overwhelmingly high? Is it because ignorance is bliss? Is it because too many people can justify the torture by seeing the so-called benefits it has on the human race?

This incredibly specieist way of thinking couldn't be more inaccurate. The strategically concealed reality is that over 20 million animals (dogs, cats, monkeys, pigs, mice, rats, sheep, etc.) die every year from cruel and inhumane experiments. I don't mean cruel as simply as they don't give the animals water for a day or two. I mean cruel like attempting head transplants on live monkeys, with the idea of using painkillers being so far-fetched, it's almost laughed at.
It's cruel, it's barbaric and most people won't give a shit because it doesn't affect them. Much like AIDS in Africa doesn't affect them, it's still a looming problem - a problem that doesn't go away by simply closing your eyes.

There is so much more to the world than what you see every day. There is so much more than going to school, then worrying about finding a job that pays well enough to support your desire for the most up-to-date Louis Vuitton purse. I find it so heartbreaking that people are too set in their mode of comfort and routine to ever question the reality of things. We need to change our philosophy toward animals, starting by learning compassion for them.

But simply telling someone about animal experiments isn't usually enough to evoke behavioral changes. As they say, "Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I'll learn forever." Please get involved and see for yourself the barbarity.

Celine Dilfer is a senior communications major.

full story: paper1042/news/2007/04/23/Opinion/Join-The.Crusade.Against.Animal.Cruelty.In.Labs-2873453.shtml

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