Doctor defends UC researcher attacks

50-year-old Dr. Jerry Vlasak is a trauma surgeon from Woodland Hills in Southern California; but he spends most of his time working as a media officer for the underground Animal Rights Movement.

The Los Angeles times quoted him two years ago saying "The use or threat of force is an effective means to stop people who abuse animals," and that killing scientists is "morally justifiable."

On Monday, the California Medical Association issued this statement to ABC7 News: "The statements by Dr. Vlasak are contrary to the fundamental obligation physicians have had since time immemorial: to protect the public health."

Dr. Vlasic, however, is not a member of the California Medical Association.

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