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PETA VP Barred From Columbia, Welcomed at U-M

Written by PETA | March 25, 2011

PETA Vice President Bruce Friedrich frequently visits colleges across the country and participates in debates about the ethics of eating meat. His debates are usually very popular and well-attended. But recently, Columbia University canceled Bruce’s scheduled debate just hours before it was supposed to take place. Why? Because seven years earlier, Bruce interrupted a speech at the school’s commencement ceremony to speak out about cruel experiments on animals being conducted in Columbia’s laboratories. Guess they didn’t want that info to get out. Bear in mind that this is the same school that welcomed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with open arms. Wow.

Today, Bruce participated in a similar debate at the University of Michigan (U-M)—despite the fact that just last week, a PETA member attended the school’s conference on survival flight training, calmly took the microphone during a speech, told the audience about the school’s use of animals in cruel and archaic training methods, and requested that the school use modern simulators instead.

Hmmm … looks like U-M is a little more open-minded than Columbia. Here’s hoping that U-M extends that open-mindedness to exploring more humane training methods.


Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Ash says:

    I applaud the man that interrupted that school thing and spoke out. I admire him for his courage and bravery. And he had the guts to do that makes that even more inspiring. May I ask who Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is? I think that it is silly that those schools and suchlike want to cover up their dirty little secrets by banning or stopping PETA from speaking out against them and letting people know of the truth. People deserve to know the truth, and honestly, they shouldn’t be ignorant to what goes on behind seemingly good places. Let the nasty and bitter truth be heard.

  • floraluvsfauna77 says:

    I’d like to point out that the audience wasnt exactly “feeling the vibe”. I’m ashamed at how many boos this guy got. I’m so happy he had the courage to get up and say something, but apparently it was falling on def (and ignorant) ears.

  • [email protected] says:

    Wow Columbia. Man, these laboratories at schools think they can shut down anyone who speaks out against them. Trust me, UConn has done the same thing. All for a liberal education.

  • veganjamila says:

    That school is wack

  • Courtney says:

    Remind me not to send my kids to Columbia.Plus what Columbia did was a violation of his First Amendment right to free speech.

  • Sammi the Animal Lover!!! says:

    That Drew dude that interuppted that speech has guts, man, guts