Please email me any quotes that you may have come across - I will add them to the list here in my next issue.......
"This research (during the Apartheid years to stop black people from
breeding) would have saved many starving black children." Daniel
Goosen, veterinarian, first MD of the SADF's Roodeplaat Research Laboratories
and current vice president of the South African Association for Laboratory
"The SPCA inspected Roodeplaat and found nothing untoward even though
every locked door was opened for them." Roodeplaat directors.
"We do not report to other organisations". Marcelle French,
Executive Director of the NSPCA's, when asked whether their representative
who served on the ethics committee of the infamous Pretoria Biomedical
Research Centre had ever inspected the inhumane conditions at said facility.
"Ideally, biological research should be done in a setting where...public
opinion is predominantly rational rather than emotive and where essential
animals including primates are cheap and readily available". Schalk
van Rensburg, veterinarian, Director of the SADF's Roodeplaat Research
"The two metre high double row of elecrified fences with patrolling
dogs around the Roodeplaat Research Labs is necessary because of irrational
anti-research groups." Directors of the RRL, front for the Defence
Force's Biological and Chemical Warfare research programme.
"The military is not involved in research that makes use of baboons."
S.A. Defence Force Headquarters.
"The general anti-cruelty laws in RSA have proved to be more effective
in curbing laboratory abuses that the complex legislation in other countries."
Wyand Swanepoel, Roodeplaat director.
"Animal experiments sometimes have to be conducted (at Roodeplaat)
in order to improve the quality of human life." Wynand Swanepoel,
director of the Roodeplaat Research Laboratories which was conducting
research on primates in order to find a way to render Blacks impotent.
"These tests would not be carried out if they were of no scientific
value." Andre Immelman, Director of the Roodeplaat Research Lab and
a member at the time of the South African Veterinary Council.
"If one endorses closing institutions such as this on the grounds
that we use animals, one can just as well call for abattoirs to be closed"
Dr. George Gaenssler, Director of the Roodeplaat Research Lab.
"The RRL is closing because of business reasons." Dr. Wynand
Swanepoel, Director of the Roodeplaat Research Lab who is on record as
having made a tidy sum of money out of the hurried privatisation of the
RRL after the unmasking of its secret warfare experiment programme.
"It is important that researchers stay within the rules because
transgression of these rules reflects upon not only their own credibility
but also the credibility of other researchers ." The RRL's Swanepoel,
"The Committee ensures that animals used are treated s humanely
as possible." Prof. Johan Grosskopf, Chairman of the Roodelaat animal
"Sir, if you ever hear of anybody blow torching animals, just let
us know." - The Directors of Roodeplaat during a 'phone in on Radio
702 (it was since established that the RRL blow torched baboons in the
course of their BCW programme.)
"Better the baboons than the activists." Dr. Pallo Jordan,
S.A. Minister of Environmental Affairs, when told of cruel experiments
on baboons with the view to poisoning ANC activists."
"The Medunsa lab does not have any primates, only farm animals and
those have been sent to Onderstepoort." Prof Willem De Klerk who
was subsequently convicted of cruelty against Medunsa lab monkeys.
"The SPCA serves on our ethics committee" Prof. De Klerk again.
"I have never heard of one case of cruelty to laboratory animals."
Dr. John Austin who was involved with the Wits lab around the time that
the much publiced BC3 case made news paper headlines.
"It would also appear to be wise for the veterinarian caught in
this dilemma to destroy not only the animals but all relevant records
in order to avoid possible litigation." Prof. Graham Mitchell, Head
of Wits Central Animal Services, in a report to the Hofmeyr Commission.
" (we did it) because the University and the Central Animal Services
could not afford a headline like: Wits Experimenters do it Again or, Another
Animal Burnt at Wits." Prof Graham Mitchell again.
"the decision was taken because of Mrs. Els" Prof. Graham Mitchell
"similar injuries (dogs suffering from burns during surgery) are
frequently seen in private veterinary
practice." Prof. Graham Mitchell
"the drop in income in my private practice is because of the activities
of animal rights activists."
"Prof. Graham Mitchell is one of South Africa's most distinguished
veterinary research scientists."
Website of the Royal Society.
"The Wits Animal Lab should be run as an animal hospital…..to
ensure that it will be impossible for enemies with secret motives to gain
entry to secret experiments." Prof. Beyers Hofmeyr, Dean of the Onderstepoort
Veterinary School who had a close association with Brig. Wouter 'Dr. Death'
"F@!k Off!!" Prof. Andre Immelman to a lady television producer
who asked for an interview.