more than a decade, invitations have been issued to Emory’s
president, Yerkes’ director, Emory physicians, staff and others
requesting a public forum to discuss animal experimentation. To
date, Emory has yet to respond to the numerous requests. They do
not even acknowledge our invitations.
it is the huge tax funding they receive that influences them not
to speak. Perhaps they realize they cannot justify nor defend their
position --- especially when there are no medical treatments or
cures they can boast of. Perhaps they are ashamed of 40 years of
that, sick humans have a right-to-know why so little benefit has
come from decades of such research. That’s why, once again,
we have extended the invitation below to those at Emory and Yerkes
and we hope they will accept and explain to the Atlanta media, public
and sick people around the area what’s happening and when
we can expect some real results.
invitation below was e-mailed to Dr. Stuart Zola, Emory’s
President James Wagner, staff of the Emory Wheel, Yerkes’
staff, and approximately six hundred members of the Atlanta media.
of our organization's goals is to further open discussion
on an issue of significant importance to everyone: animals
used in medical experiments.
several years, we have invited you to participate in a discussion
concerning the use of animals in experiments but we have yet
to receive a response from you or any of the other many invitations
extended to Emory in the past decade. As you are probably
aware, physicians have differing opinions on the usefulness
of animals in research on cancer, AIDS, stroke and other diseases
currently under investigation at Emory and in Yerkes' laboratories.
discussion would be limited to the scientific merits of non-human
experimental models of human disease. Animals rights, ethics,
and other non-scientific issues could be explicitly excluded
as topics. Only a trained medical professional would be invited
to participate with you on our behalf. Emory and Yerkes could
designate the location, time, date and all procedural rules
of the discussion.
a discussion would be of interest to the public and to Emory
University students. We're sure you agree this is in the best
interest of public health as the public has a right-to-know
how research functions.
hope you will seize this opportunity to explore this topic
with our physician in an open forum and we look forward to
receiving your response.
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