Professor Colin Blakemore
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[The worst sort of Corporate man--a vivisectionist. Has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Health Protection Agency's Electromagnetic Fields Discussion Group, so nothing will come of that (see).]

"Committed advocate of the need for animal experimentation."--Martin Walker (Dirty Medicine p 228)

[media 2002 legalsie drugs] Policies 'failing for 40 years'

[media feb 2008] Animal rights, human wrongs

"Keeping mink in decent conditions, killing them painlessly and then using their fur doesn't appal me."----Blakemore

"Dr Colin Blakemore, a 28-year-old Cambridge physiologist, told the British Association for the Advancement of Science in Leicester how he sewed up the eyes of 35 kittens, allegedly to find a way to cure squints.  He found out that cats with one eye sewn up shortly after birth could not see out of it when the stitches were removed.  Neither could cats which had both eyes sewn up.  In an interview to the London Daily Mirror (Sept. 6, 1972), Dr Blakemore defended his experiments as 'ethical' because 'kittens like living in the dark'.
    He said that he was an animal lover, 'like most scientists who work with animals', and added : 'Cats make ideal subjects, becaue their eyes are more like humans' than those of other animals.'
    Utter nonsense, of course.  Cats' eyes differ radically from ours, both in structure and reactions :  They see in the dark and we don't, theirs remain closed long after birth and ours open up, their pupil is vertical and ours horizontal, theirs must focus on a particular object at a distance while ours have a wide-angle view, they have even been recently discovered to have cells which in all other animals occur in the ear only, etc.  There couldn't be, in fact, a more different eye from ours than the cat's.  But with the pretext of the greatest similarity with man, every kind of animal has been used-- from the mouse to the pig to the elephant.
    The kittens used in Blakemore's experiments were 'humanely' destroyed after 16 weeks.  'I would have liked to keep them alive for further study, as they do in America,' Dr Blakemore added ruefully.  'But they had to be destroyed under a Home Office ruling.'"---In 1976, in Slaughter of the Innocent, Hans Ruesch

Doing his bit on the fearmongering front: