Los Angeles doctor Jerry Vlasak’s death-wish for scientists who use lab animals to search for cancer or AIDS cures is nothing new. He first endorsed the “political assassination” of scientists at a 2003 animal-rights convention in Los Angeles, saying: “For 5 lives, 10 lives, 15 human lives, we could save a million, 2 million, 10 million non-human lives.”
One seldom-noted part of this story is that Vlasak appeared at this 2003 event as a spokesperson for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an animal-rights nonprofit that is closely connected to PETA, and uses its roughly 4-percent doctor membership to agitate for vegetarian diets.
If it’s appropriate to call Jerry Vlasak a terrorist for his murderous rantings, any organization for which he speaks should be viewed with suspicion. The oddly misnamed “Physicians Committee” raised $9 million last year, apparently from people who didn’t know it was ever in league with a homicidal activist like Vlasak.