The London “Daily Mail”has published photos of the flames and aftermath at the Austrian vacation home of Novartis CEO Dr. Daniel Vasella.
The arsonists claim to have used nearly 16 gallons of gasoline to ignite the blaze.
It was reportedly set at 3:30 in the morning.
All I can say is thank goodness Dr. Vasella and his family weren’t there and fast asleep at the time.
I had anticipated a flood of hateful, nasty emails, but the overwhelming majority were supportive of animal research and sympathetic with the decision to put Dash to sleep.
Thanks to everyone, by the way, who wrote in to offer their condolences.
Thomas Kirby said, “The animal rights activists will not make anything better for any living thing. The means they use tend to prove that.”
Rick Pikul in Toronto wrote, “We have a group that is trying to enforce a political position through the use of violence, and there is a word for that: Terrorism.”
Dr. Walter Cash with the Kansas State University Department of Anatomy and Physiology commented, “Although our level of understanding of biological systems has vastly improved, we are still not even close to understanding all the variables of mammalian physiology. Until we know and understand all the variables, animal research will remain a necessity.”
But Sandra (no last name) begged to differ, “There is no ethical or moral basis in bringing torment and suffering to helpless/imprisoned animals. (It’s) the laboratories where the true terrorists reign…the scientists who purposely bring torment to defenseless animals. Shame shame!”