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« on: February 02, 2014, 04:39:32 PM »

Where is Caterina Simonsen? How is she?

The Sydney Morning Herald

'I would have been dead at nine': Caterina Simonsen in hospital after backlash over defence of animal testing
December 30, 2013

Death threats for sick Italian student

25 year-old Caterina Simonsen has defended her Facebook posting saying she owes her life to medicines developed from testing on laboratory mice, after death threats from animal rights activists.

An Italian woman who received death threats after declaring in an internet posting that she owed her life to medicines developed from testing on laboratory mice has been admitted to hospital with a severe lung infection.

Caterina Simonsen, 25, last week appeared on Italian national television to answer abuse from animal rights militants who took exception to her Facebook post in which she defended the use of testing on animals for medical purposes.

In that post on December 21, she uploaded a photo of herself with a message: "I am 25 thanks to genuine research that includes experiments on animals.
Caterina Simonsen: "I would have been dead at nine." Photo: Facebook

"Without research, I would have been dead at nine. You have gifted me a future."

Ms Simonsen, who is studying to be a veterinarian at the University of Bologna and has several dogs, suffers from four rare genetic disorders and cannot breathe without the aid of oxygen tubes.

Since she made the controversial comments on social media, she claims to have received more than 30 "death wishes" and 500 abusive messages on her Facebook page.


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