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Home About Me Books The First Assassin A Gift of Freedom Our Oldest Enemy The Unmaking of Americans Writing Culture Philanthropy Politics Contact Kindle To search, type and hit en In the Name of the Animals by John J. Miller on January 19, 2010 · View Comments in Uncategorized 0 0 NATIONAL REVIEW July 3, 2006 IN THE NAME OF THE ANIMALS America faces a new kind of terrorism JOHN J. MILLER Six days after the World Trade Center was destroyed, the New York Stock Exchange rang its opening bell and traders sang “God Bless America” from the floor: They wanted to send a loud-and-clear message to the world that al-Qaeda could not shut down the U.S. economy. Even though the Dow suffered its biggest one-day point-loss in history, the mere fact that buying and selling could resume so quickly marked an inspiring day for capitalism and against terrorism. On September 7, 2005, however, terrorists struck again, and the NYSE still hasn’t recovered. This time, they didn’t target a couple of skyscrapers near the exchange, but rather a company called Life Sciences Research (LSR). It had recently qualified for a NYSE listing and its senior management had gathered on Wall Street to celebrate the occasion. Just a few minutes before the first trades were set to occur, NYSE president Catherine Kinney informed her guests that their listing would be postponed. It was immediately obvious to everyone from LSR what had happened: “A handful of animal extremists had succeeded where Osama bin Laden had failed,” Mark Bibi, the company’s general counsel, would say in congressional testimony the next month. 0 Email Share
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LSR is better known by the name of its operating subsidiary, Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), which is in the business of testing products on animals to assess their safety and comply with government regulations. Most people probably don’t like to think about what goes on in these labs — vivisections of monkeys, for instance — but they also appreciate the importance of research whose ultimate goal is the protection and enhancement of human health. About 95 percent of all lab animals are rats and mice, but for animal-rights extremists who believe that “a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy” (as Ingrid Newkirk of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals once said), the whole endeavor is deeply immoral. And some of them have decided that because the traditional practices of honest persuasion and civil disobedience haven’t changed many hearts or minds, they must now adopt a different strategy — something they euphemistically call “direct action.” These are efforts to intimidate and harass animal researchers and everyone who comes into contact with them. In recent years, hardcore activists have embraced property destruction and physical assaults. “This is the number-one domestic terrorist threat in America,” says Sen. James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican. Keeping LSR off the Big Board probably represents their greatest achievement yet. RED IN TOOTH AND CLAW
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