DawnWatch: Experiments on gay rams protested by Navratilova — Weekend Australian, 18 November 2006

November 19th, 2006 12:09 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Date: Nov 19, 2006 10:52 AM
Subject: DawnWatch: Experiments on gay rams protested by Navratilova — Weekend Australian, 18 November 2006

The Weekend Australian includes a feature article, Peter Wilson, that shines a light on US government funded animal research. Headed, “Animals’ true nature will out” (P 25) it tells us that tennis star Martina Navratilova is protesting “experiments at two US universities aimed at manipulating the hormones of sheep to make homosexual rams develop an interest in ewes.”

Weekend Australian
November 18, 2006 Saturday
Peter Wilson

FEATURES; Inquirer; Pg. 25

We read:

“Navratilova and the lobby group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say the US government-funded experiments are cruel and have potentially dangerous implications for gay people if the idea takes hold that homosexuality can be cured.”

The article provides some interesting information on what is natural:

“It turns out that species ranging from kangaroos and emus to fish, foxes, seagulls and those joked-about whales have some members that swing both ways, or even bond and have sex exclusively with partners of their own sex.”

It tells us “The tendency of swans to form lifelong pairs has made them a popular symbol of heterosexual romance but one in five pairs is actually of the same sex” and it describes an exhibition in Oslo that includes photos of animals in all sorts of homosexual encounters.

It is a lengthy article and interesting reading. You’ll find it on line here.

And the discussion of the experiments on the rams invites responses from animal advocates regarding animal testing.

We read:

“Researchers are trying to adjust the rate at which estrogen is absorbed into the brain to see if that will make the ‘gay’ rams become attracted to ewes, in the hope that this will increase the productivity of herds.

“In a letter to the two universities, Navratilova said that ‘for the sake of the animals who will die unnecessarily in these experiments and for the many gays and lesbians who stand to be deeply offended by the social implications of these tests, I ask that you please end these studies at once’.

PETA comments ”The implications of this so-called research are dangerous to the gay community… The trials can only be described as a needless slaughter of animals, an affront to human dignity and a colossal waste of precious research funds.”

The Australian takes letters here.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

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One Response to “DawnWatch: Experiments on gay rams protested by Navratilova — Weekend Australian, 18 November 2006”

  1. Maray Says:

    I agree with 積.It’s much better if we can make anmial cruelty to become a “taboo”, much like bullying or even murder. Raising the penalty is a resort to reflect that this is unacceptable rather than as a deterrant – as we discussed earlier those who do it do not feel they have the danger of being caught….Connie

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