This email was originally posted on ScienceBlogs and then quickly edited to cover up some of its rather embarrassing admissions. It is a communication from Paul Browne of Speaking of Research, a pro-vivisection extremist site, to solicit help in his disinformation campaign in support of Primate Products. We can see that our just struggle against the primate slave traders at PPI has elicited fearful responses from the pro-torture community.
“We could really do with your help on this one. PeTA and Camille’s loons have the bit between their teeth and are getting quite a lot of traction in the local press and the web from their lies and distortions regarding Primate Products, and their campaign seems to have gained quite a lot of momentum. While most of Primate Product’s clients have stood firm the pressure is only going to grow, as DrugMonkey’s post yesterday indicates.
Our problem is that so far only a few hundred people have viewed Allyson’s post (see Confronting Misrepresentation) , and quite a few of them appear to be AR supporters, so we need to get it out to a far broader audience. Speaking of Research may have some fans, but our number of regular readers has never exceeded a few hundred a day, we only get into the thousands when we are involved in controversies such as baboongate at OSU and when we hold rallies. Folk clearly don’t find my writing about the contribution of animal research to medical advances that exciting. Unfortunately this means that people who might be interested often miss important stories when they do happen.
We need to teach organizations like Primate Products Inc and the University of Florida that they need to engage more with the public, and that there are those out there willing to support them.
Please help us if you can, you and your readers could help to turn things around.