Guardian Unlimited – Special reports – Kill scientists, says animal rights chief:

“I think for five lives, 10 lives, 15 human lives, we could save a million, 2 million, 10 million non-human lives.”

Words cannot describe quite how apoplectic this sort of thing makes me. As a student in Cambridge, we are constantly disrupted by nutcases (well, they are) protesting about the nearby Huntingdon Life Sciences. However, please don’t get me wrong. I have no problem with those who hold passionate beliefs and exercise their basic right to protest against what they see as wrong. Whether I agree with them or not is irrelevant (though as it happens, I don’t agree with them). Idiots who go around condoning, and even encouraging, the assasination of scientists are a different matter. Do they not see the contradictions? Animals die in experiments to save human lives, humans die in assasinations to ‘save animal lives’. How can one be righteous and the other evil? (Incidentally, I would never approve of animal experimentation for anything other than necessary medical research)

This is not an entertaining post, or even an informative or well argued one. It is purely a vent for my vexation. Dangerous extremists like this Jerry Vlasak should be locked up.