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Tuesday, January 2, 2007

 

Science told: hands off gay sheep

`Scientists are conducting experiments to change the sexuality of “gay” sheep in a programme that critics fear could pave the way for breeding out homosexuality in humans. [..]

It raises the prospect that pregnant women could one day be offered a treatment to reduce or eliminate the chance that their offspring will be homosexual. Experts say that, in theory, the “straightening” procedure on humans could be as simple as a hormone supplement for mothers-to-be, worn on the skin like an anti-smoking nicotine patch.

The research, at Oregon State University in the city of Corvallis and at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, has caused an outcry. Martina Navratilova, the lesbian tennis player who won Wimbledon nine times, and scientists and gay rights campaigners in Britain have called for the project to be abandoned.

Navratilova defended the “right” of sheep to be gay. [..]’




2 Responses to “Science told: hands off gay sheep”

  1. newmanj Says:

    PETA’s big lie:

    Just so you know. The false suggestion that the research is aimed at curing homosexuality was made by PETA. Yes, the animal rights group.

    Of course PETA has their own motives for receiving press on this story. In fact, PETA heavily edited quotes by the researchers and even fabricated information to generate press coverage. Many weeks ago, a writer in the states looked into PETA false claims. Here’s what he found:

    http://thenexthurrah.typepad.com/the_next_hurrah/2006/09/peta_crosses_th.html

  2. moonbuggy Says:

    Yeah, it says on the second page of the article:

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the pressure group, condemned the study as “a needless slaughter of animals, an affront to human dignity and a colossal waste of precious research funds”.

    It’s not too surprising, they’re going to oppose anything to do with animals anywhere, pretty much. Well, anything except setting them all free and allowing them to roam wherever they want. 🙂

    I think the research is interesting..

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