Science Fears the AR Movement
[Minneapolis Star Tribune - comments at full story link]
A decline in support for using animals in research has sparked an aggressive national campaign to promote it.
"Ever had leprosy? Thanks to animal research, you won't." That message, emblazoned on 15 billboards around the Twin Cities, strikes at the heart of a largely hidden but heated health care battle being waged beyond the national debate over access to medical care. The billboards are part of a new, aggressive national push by biomedical researchers to promote and defend the use of animals to test drugs and medical devices. Across the country, the campaign is also playing out on cable TV commercials, websites, Facebook postings and Twitter tweets.