The Iowa Board of Regents approved $11.2 million for an underground vivarium that will house University of Iowa animal research laboratories.
The 35,000-square-foot facility would connect the Medical Education Research Facility and Carver Biomedical Research Building on the west side of campus. The links would mean researchers would never have to transport animals above ground, said Jordan Cohen, interim U of I vice president for research.
A Nov. 14, 2004, break-in at animal research laboratories in the U of I’s Spence Laboratories and Seashore Hall cost about $425,000 and temporarily stalled some research. The Animal Liberation Front claimed responsibility for the attack, in which masked intruders trashed computers and other equipment and stole hundreds of laboratory animals.
I'm so sorry (actually, I'm not), but I have no patience for the sob story. Poor, poor long-suffering animal researchers. They only want to help people....as they also get salary increases, patents, tenure and all the other perks.
How convenient that not only will this underground prison allow for "security," but it will also hide research "practices" completely from the public eye.
Vandals are not the greatest threat to animal researchers, it's transparency. And they know it.