December 14, 2010 | Posted By John Kaplan, PhD

An article posted last week on is entitled “Activist group claims to send AIDS-tainted razors to animal researcher”. Click the picture below to be taken to the article.

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I appreciate that CNN reported this news but the article left a question lingering in my mind. I will grant that it has not been verified that the razorblades were tainted with HIV. However, nobody seems to be questioning that this UCLA researcher working in the important area of methamphetamine addiction did receive the razorblades at his home and that they were accompanied by a death threat. CNN goes on to tell that "Since 2006, other anonymous activists claimed responsibility for at least 11 acts of sabotage, vandalism, criminal damage and firebombing against UCLA faculty or property, either on or off campus, university officials said. In March 2009, activists seeking to stop the use of animals in research claimed to set fire to Jentsch's vehicle parked overnight outside his home."

Other similar events have delayed, disrupted, or stopped research throughout the world and placed numerous researchers at risk. The groups claiming responsibility freely admit their intent to punish researchers and deter others from conducting research out of fear. So the question lingering in my mind is why these people are referred to as "activists" It sounds to me like a pretty good description of terrorists.

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