Vivisector Arthur L. Rosenbaum dies at 69...
About Damn Time!
Angeles: Notorious UCLA primate vivisector Arthur Rosenbaum has finally
died, at age 69. Although he claimed to only kill the occasional non-human
primate, Rosenbaum was well known for torturing his subjects in order to
publish still more useless papers on strabismus, an eye movement disorder
that has been effectively treated for decades. For his 36 years at UCLA,
Rosenbaum, who served as chief of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus
at the Jules Stein Eye Institute since 1980 and had been vice chairman of
ophthalmology at the David Geffen School of Medicine since 1990, continued
to annually obtain grants by promising the NIH he was going to deliver innovative
clinical data "any day now". Institutions such as UCLA depend
on such grant money to fund their expansion, and will not continue to employ
researchers who do not obtain funding from outside the university.
years ago, animal advocates began targeting Rosenberg and his cruel and
unnecessary research, saying that "Arthur Rosenbaum purports to simulate
strabismus ("crossed" eye) by immobilizing primates in draconian
head and body restraining devices, injecting the paralytic drug Botox into
their ocular musculature and affixing metal coils (electronic force transducers)
to their sclerae when a simple corrective procedure for the defect has been
known and performed for at least the past six decades."
response was that he claimed he was primarily a surgeon with ties to only
one animal-research project. In mid-2007, an unexploded firebomb was found
under Rosenbaum's car at his home near UCLA; the Animal Liberation Brigade
claimed responsibility for the incident.
subsequent months, activists staged many protests in Rosenbaum's neighborhood,
using bullhorns and educational pamphlets to let his neighbor's and other
members of the public know about the atrocities he was committing behind
the tightly locked doors of his vivisection laboratory. At one point, unable
to defend his work on ethical grounds, Rosenbaum told Science Magazine he
"had not been involved in that research for a couple of years."
Soon after the attempted firebombing of his luxury car and continued protests,
Rosenbaum failed to renew his grants and retired from animal research.
office wall, Rosenbaum kept a framed golf ball and score card, a tribute
to a hole-in-one he made in 2007 at Brentwood Country Club.
Sandra, his wife of 25 years, Rosenbaum is survived by son Steven Burick
and a sister, Jane Sitrin. A public memorial at UCLA is pending; activists
will use the occasion to mourn the wasted lives and immeasurable suffering
of Rosenbaum's non-human primate victims.
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