“The Only Speaker Who Makes the Connection Between the Impending Collapse of Health Care and Animal Research & Testing.”
Javier B. Burgos was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain. He attended Law School at Barcelona University and Universite de Paris (La Sorbonne). He has a degree in Communications and Languages from Barcelona University. He is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Catalan. He is a U.S. citizen and a citizen of Spain/European Union (EU). He resides in the Los Angeles, California area.
Mr. Burgos is the founder and executive director of Supress, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit Corporation which was incorporated in 1986. The aims of Supress, Inc. are to enlighten people about the medical and scientific uselessness and counterproductiveness of animal experimentation and testing. In the last 25 years, Mr. Burgos has been one of the main proponents of "scientific antivivisectionism." In the 80s and 90s, he worked closely with renowned Swiss author and activist, Hans Ruesch (1913-2007).
Mr. Burgos is a superb public speaker with many years of "in-the-trenches" activist experience. He has conducted countless training sessions and delivered hundreds of speeches in both friendly and exceedingly unfriendly venues. He has successfully debated doctors and researchers on radio and television both in the U.S. and in Europe. He is not only a gifted informational speaker but also an exceedingly moving, fiery and effective motivational speaker.
Mr. Burgos wrote, directed and produced the 1986 documentary "Hidden Crimes" which is still considered the first film ever made exposing the counterproductiveness of animal experimentation and testing, and the incalculable damages to human health it causes. In 1997, he released an updated version of "Hidden Crimes" entitled "Lethal Medicine." Lethal Medicine was aired extensively on cable and broadcast television in the late 90s.
In the 90s and through Supress, Inc., Mr. Burgos placed full page ads in major newspapers and magazines exposing the damages to human health caused by animal experimentation and testing. The ads appeared in The Washington Post (newspaper and magazine), The New York Times, TV Guide, Scientific American and others.
Mr. Burgos maintains that the slogan "animal rights" was created in the late 70s by the biomedical research industry in order to defuse any credible opposition to animal experimentation and testingon medical and scientific grounds. By focusing the public's attention on moral and ethical issues (the never-never land of ethics, morality and "animal rights"), and thus avoiding the Pandora's Box of the medical and scientific issues, the biomedical research industry knew it would win the confrontation every single time. All it had to do was to claim that the rights of human beings are more important than the rights of animals.
The message conveyed by the concept of “animal rights” is that it will risk the health of human beings in order to “liberate” animals. By failing to destroy the medical and scientific myths which make the existence of animal experimentation possible, and by insisting further on the “liberation” of the very animals who are perceived by the public as the only hope to finding cures, “animal rights activists” become automatically anti-human since they are perceived as wanting to liberate animals at the expense of human health. This is what Mr. Burgos calls the "rats versus babies" red herring ("Whom do you want us to save, rats or babies? The animal researchers will inevitably ask), which has been used very successfully by the medical and research communities for many decades.
The growth of the "animal rights" movement has been a godsend for the medical and research communities because it has allowed them NOT to have to deal with the impossible-to-defend medical and scientific issues. Mr. Burgos maintains that the impending total collapse of health care and the incalculable environmental damage in the U.S. and in Europe is directly linked to the fact that, for more than 150 years, medical research has been based on the unscientific concept of "experimental research" on animals, rather than on clinical research and prevention.
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