The Fundamental Question [was RE: The Chemistry of Farming - Book Review]

Paddy Apling e.c.apling at
Tue Apr 24 14:55:48 MDT 2001

The REAL fundamental question for Marxism today - and inded for the whole of
humankind - is whether our priority is the welfare of MAN or WILDLIFE and

In line with my earlier posting on Animal Rights Terrorism - available on my
web-site at <> - the
London Times (which in my younger days - in the midst of the struggle
against Fascism, I used to regard as "the fourpenny edition of the Daily
Worker" - but is now normally the mouthpiece of that arch-reactioanary
Rupert Murdoch) surprises today with a leading article which is a model of
sanity and clarity on one aspect of this fundamental divide -  which, to my
regret - so many younger would-be Marxists are either ignoring, or lining up
on the side of the animals:



Leading article

Antis and other animals

Animal testing's supporters must stand up and be counted

Tired of financial organisations buckling to intimidation by animal rights
terrorists, scientific organisations are finally giving them a taste of
their own medicine. The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) has
announced that it is closing its account with HSBC, the bank which severed
links with the drug-testing group Huntingdon Life Sciences following threats
from protesters.
The impact of this decision could be substantial. HSBC was not alone in
distancing itself from Huntingdon — Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein,
Winterflood Securities, Citibank, Credit Suisse First Boston, Barclays, West
LB and the Royal Bank of Scotland have all played the lemmings’ role. The
AMRC has 112 members, including giants such as the Wellcome Trust, with
combined assets of £16 billion. Together they could compel the City to
confront the long-term consequences of its submission to mob rule —
financial consequences that will be unavoidable where moral consequences
were ignored.

Now that they have begun seriously to fight their corner, those involved in
animal experimentation are displaying ingenuity and solidarity. Huntingdon
itself has begun legal action against four American anti-vivisection
factions. The pharmaceutical manufacturer, Roche, is challenging activists
who published the names and addresses of its employees over the Internet
(similar gestures in the past have included the exhortation: “These workers
are animal killers. Go get ’em”).

The BioIndustry Association has petitioned venture capitalists not to give
way to protesters. The group Seriously Ill for Medical Research has
distributed donor cards to supporters of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty,
asking them to forgo treatment in case of medical emergency affecting them
or their families. Most gratifyingly, symbolising the medical establishment’
s refusal to be cowed by the thuggery of its antagonists, three new animal
testing facilities are under construction, a development that will double
the present 2.7 million experiments a year.

But there can be no room for complacency in an area where hostility is
characterised by an unholy alliance between adolescent sentimentality and
guerrilla warfare. The Government’s response, in the form of the Criminal
Justice Bill, has been solid, and the personal support lent by the Prime
Minister, Home Secretary and by Lord Sainsbury of Turville has been valuable
at a time when standing up to be counted brings a mob to the door.

Medical, scientific, academic and pharmaceutical organisations must unite
behind the issue still more concertedly to ensure that the arguments in
favour of animal experimentation — and they are legion — attract greater
support than arguments against. With the lessons of Huntingdon as a spur,
discussions are already under way to create a single campaign organisation
to act as a mouthpiece setting out the case for animal testing.
Communication must be as slick as that of the opposition and — short of
violence — the militancy as great. Websites, celebrity endorsements, flag
days — all the tactics of the antis must be deployed to politicise the
hidden majority of pros. The will is there, all that remains is the funding.

Today has been designated World Day for Laboratory Animals. Perhaps next
year the public might be encouraged to celebrate a World Day for the human
beneficiaries of animal research.

-----end quote.

On such questions, it is sometimes our vigorous opponents who sum up
correctly.....  as has often happened in the past....  but more of that
another time.

This is a very SERIOUS question which is fundamental to future generations.

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