Opinion | Mar. 12 3
A decision that fails
By Bruce Friedrich, Vice President for Policy at PETA, was prevented by University officials from appearing at an on-campus event Thursday. He provided the following editorial to Spectator.
I'm frequently invited to college campuses to debate the ethics of using animals for food. Over the past 18 months, I've engaged in this discussion with student debaters from Harvard, Yale,
The event was already the most contested of any of the more than 100 talks I've given on college campuses in my 15 years at PETA
It seems the school is still smarting over the fact that in May of 2004—when most of the class of 2011 was just starting high school—I walked up to the microphone during Columbia's commencement ceremonies, encouraged attendees to speak out against Columbia's hideously cruel animal experiments, and asked them to visit PETA's ColumbiaCruelty.com website. Although I'm sure Emily Post wouldn't have approved of my action, I did have a ticket, I didn't trespass, and I left when asked to do so. And my lack of decorum is nothing compared to the reason for it
How hideous? Experimenters were inducing strokes in baboons by removing their eyeballs so that they could clamp a critical blood vessel supplying blood to their brains, they were pumping nicotine and morphine into pregnant baboons who were tethered to their cages and forced to wear backpacks, and they were implanting metal pipes into monkey's skulls in order to simulate the effects of stress on women's menstrual cycles.
Anyway, the question that
So maybe they think the issue of cruelty to animals is one lacking in gravitas. If so, they're wrong
We all make mistakes—I hope that Columbia will realize that barring me from campus is a violation of the principles of free speech and is not worthy of any institution of higher learning, and certainly not one as prestigious as Columbia.
I therefore call on
Bruce G. Friedrich
Vice President, Policy
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