I got an email reply from the Executive Director for NHMRC:
Dear Mr Ridges
Thank you for your email. Professor Anderson is currently on leave, so I am responding on behalf of the NHMRC.
I have asked my staff to look into this matter and should be able to respond to you by the end of next week.
I appreciate you bringing this to my attention.
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From: Tom Ridges
Sent: Tuesday, 17 July 2012 12:11 PM
Subject: Lamb shaking experiment at the University of Adelaide [No Protective Marking]
Dear Prof. Anderson,
Iím writing in regards to the study completed in relation to the below paper:
ďNeurological changes in a lamb model of non-accidental head injury (the shaken baby syndrome)
J.W. Finnie, P.C. Blumbergs, J Manavis, R.J. Turner, S. Helps, R. Vink, R.W. Byard, G. Chidlow, B. Sandoz, J. Dutschke and R.W.G. Anderson 2012Ē
How can this study and the research completed be in anyway humane, and why is this kind of research needed? Iím not happy with my tax dollars funding such a ludicrous study. Surely anyone who is the slightest bit intelligent can understand that shaking a baby in any way or form will cause it grievous injuries and cause possible death. I canít see how shaking vigorously to death 9 lambs will prove this any further.
Can you please withhold from supporting such research projects as this in the future?