Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The "Making A Difference" segment on Monday's Nightly News was about the three daughters of Dr. Peggy Clark, a woman who was killed in the Oklahoma City bombing 15 years ago. Dr. Clark's oldest daughter, Rosslyn Biggs, is a veterinarian just like her mother was. They both became veterinarians because they wanted to spend their lives caring for animals. This story was sponsored by Avodart, a GlaxoSmithKline product. Glaxo is one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, which means they are also one of the world's largest utilizers of animal testing. It is obscene and disrespectful to allow a company that profits from animal testing to sponsor a story about women who devote their lives to caring for animals. (This is at least the fifth time in the past 18 months that Nightly News has allowed Glaxo to sponsor a story about people who rescue or care for animals.) The Nightly News producers owe Dr. Clark's daughters an apology.