I am writing this in response to the article saying the government is withholding funds from the City of Hope pending an inquiry into allegations made by a group that animals were severely mistreated.
Did it ever occur to the powers that be that what these people did was illegal? They had no right to enter these premises and release these animals, all of which were under medical supervision. If they had found during an investigation that these animals were mistreated or their surroundings were not as they felt they should be, then there are legal procedures to take.
What gave them the right to destroy years of work--work that might lead to a cure for some of man's most dreaded diseases? How many thousands have already benefited by research, not only here but in many other facilities? How many must die because of these do-gooders who would abolish animal experiments altogether?
Don't get me wrong. I, too, am an animal lover. I have a cat and a 15-year-old German shepherd. My Sassy has arthritis and hip problems. She goes to the vet once a week for acupuncture and an anti-inflammatory shot, which is a costly procedure, but since the whole family loves her we are doing everything we can to make life more comfortable. Our family has always had a pet or two, and they are part of us.