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Issue 18
A Culture Of Secrecy, Deception And Lies
Cites - An Animal Dealer's Charter?
Pet Cloning - Cruel To Animals And Humans
Whatever Happened To Oscar?
Urgent Appeal
Book Review : Animal Rights In South Africa
Vioxx Suit Faults Animal Tests
Half Of All Birth Defects Missed By Animal Tests
Science Cafe
Hall of Fame
Top Quotes


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 Animal Sciences.

"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 Laboratories.

"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, again.

"The Committee ensures that animals used are treated s humanely as possible." Prof. Johan Grosskopf, Chairman of the Roodelaat animal ethics committee.

"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.

"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… 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' Basson.

"F@!k Off!!" Prof. Andre Immelman to a lady television producer who asked for an interview.

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