THIS MONTH IN SCIENCE
Online Petition in Support of Nonhuman Animal Research
In response to the increasing violence against laboratory animal researchers in California and elsewhere, three research advocacy organizations have initiated an online petition, Pro-Test, in support of research with nonhuman animals and the scientists who conduct such research. The three organizations are Americans for Medical Progress, Speaking for Research, and Pro-Test@UCLA. The founder of Pro-Test@UCLA is J. David Jentsch, a professor of psychology at UCLA, who himself has been the target of extremists' violence.
The petition is modeled after a similar campaign that was implemented in the United Kingdom, following a series of anti-laboratory animal research incidents at Oxford University. The UK campaign, which garnered significant support and public attention, is credited with creating a safer environment for the conduct of scientifically sound and ethical nonhuman animal research.
The petition currently has nearly 10,000 signatures and has also been circulated by the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, American Physiological Society, American Society of Primatologists, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, and Society for Neuroscience.