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SfN releases 'Best Practices for Protecting Researchers and Research'
Date:2/6/2008

Although they pursue crucial research and are required to operate within established regulatory and animal-care frameworks, these investigators face stalking, harassment, and physical assault on their homes. SfN members reported more attacks in the first six months of 2007 than in the five year period from 1999 to 2003.

The continuing intimidation and threats of violence to which researchers have been subjected are beyond the bounds of acceptable discourse and debate, said Jeffrey Kordower, PhD, Chair of the SfN Committee on Animals in Research. In recognition of that fact, the U.S. Congress passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act to prohibit such action, and we now urge universities to add their efforts to ensure that researchers have a safe environment in which to pursue their vital work.

The responsible and humane use of animals in research has been an indispensable part of the health and medical revolution that is treating and curing crippling conditions that affect millions in North America and more around the globe. Disorders like Alzheimers and Parkinsons diseases, paralysis, addiction, and depression cause untold hardship for countless families and drain billions from economies annually. Moreover, it has been repeatedly shown that the American public supports the responsible use of animals to conduct research, and overwhelmingly rejects animal rights extremism.


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Contact: Sara Harris
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202-962-4000
Society for Neuroscience
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