Animal testing

Dear Editor:While several news outlets recently reported on a UCLA animal experimenter, who allegedly received a threatening note in the mail, the media is often reluctant to tell the public what is really going on inside laboratories across the country. They rarely reveal exactly what is being done to animals, how many thousands of times the same experiments have been repeated over the years, nor how much of the public's tax dollars are being spent on experiments that have no iota of a chance of ever helping people. I personally was involved in animal experiments-including experiments on primates (I "trained" under a protégé of the infamous Harry Harlowe)-in psych(o) labs many years ago and can speak to the horrors. I wish that I would've had the compassion for animals that I have now, and I wish that I could have now the one thing that I had back then: the key to the psych lab, where unspeakable tortures were inflicted on so many sad animals. I truly believe that if the public was allowed to know what is actually occurring (not defending what they wish was happening) that these experiments would end tomorrow, and no one would have to even think of doing something so awful as sending threats in the mail. -- Jayn Meinhardt, M.Ed, Cincinnati, Ohio

********** Published: December 2, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 33