Before Ohio State University officials make any decisions about the future of the Spinal Cord Injury Techniques course (“OSU under fire for animal testing,” Dispatch article, July 17), they might want to know a little more about the organization opposing the work.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine doesn’t speak for the medical community. Less than 5 percent of its members are doctors.
The American Medical Association has formally censured the group for misrepresenting medical science. And speaking at a 2003 animal-rights convention, a committee spokesperson advocated murdering doctors who use animals in their research.
The group also is legally affiliated with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA already has contributed more than $1.3 million to the committee.
University researchers and administrators should cautiously regard this so-called physicians committee as PETA’s Trojan horse. Otherwise, the future of vital biomedical research may wind up in the hands of people who consider a rat and a human being equally valuable.