The latest salvo fired by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against life-saving biomedical research should come as no surprise (“Harvard claims PETA abuse claim is tall tail,” Feb. 18).

Likening scientific researchers to Abu Ghraib jailers is relatively tame stuff for PETA, whose leaders have already compared African-American slaves and Jewish Holocaust victims to livestock animals. And discussing animal research with Vogue magazine, PETA’s president famously insisted that, “Even if it produced a cure for AIDS, we’d still be against it.”

Hardly any major medical breakthrough of the last century would have been possible without animal research models. And the coming breakthroughs of this century (including, hopefully, AIDS and cancer cures) will come about in the same way, whether the animal “rights” movement comes to grips with reality or not.