- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 31, 2004

LONDON — A hard-line American animal-rights campaigner who believes there is a “moral justification” for using violence, and even murder, against scientists is to be banned from visiting Britain.

Jerry Vlasak, a Los Angeles heart surgeon and an adviser to various animal-rights groups, was to fly to Britain for an August conference to be held by two anti-vivisection groups.

However, British Home Secretary David Blunkett is determined to keep Dr. Vlasak out after comments he made last week that the killing of some vivisectionists was justified as it could save millions of animals.

The Home Office said an individual could be barred if he posed a threat to national security or was at risk of committing or inciting acts of violence or promoting racial intolerance that could threaten public order. The measure has been used to exclude Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan since 1986.

Dr. Vlasak was quoted in a newspaper report last weekend as saying: “If something bad happens to these people [vivisectionists], it will discourage others. I don’t think you’d have to kill too many. I think for five lives, 10 lives, 15 human lives, we could save a million, two million, 10 million non-human lives.”

Dr. Vlasak, 46, later said he had not been calling for assassinations, but made clear he had no moral objection to the use of violence to fight for animal rights.

He said he accepted that people might have to die “in the crossfire” of the battle between animal-rights campaigners and vivisectionists.

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