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Police Investigate Theft of Rabbits from Research Hardwick Lab

Boston Globe - Associated Press
September 21, 2006

HARDWICK, Mass. --Police are investigating the theft of 23 rabbits from a medical research lab.

Police say the animals were stolen earlier this month from the Caprologics lab and other rabbits were released into the wild.

Caprologics inoculates the animals with proteins to produce antibodies for medical research.

A group associated with the Animal Liberation Front has claimed responsibility by sending a statement to the ALF's web site.

The group claimed the "liberation" of 23 rabbits was to honor a group whose members were recently sentenced to federal prison terms for trying to close medical labs in Great Britain and New Jersey.

ALF spokeswoman Camille Hankins said the group received word of the raid in Hardwick and posted the information online.

On Thursday, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit group called Stop Animal Exploitation Now said it filed a complaint against Caprologics with the U.S. Department of Agriculture based on photographs it says were supplied by ALF.

Caprologics founder Stanley D.T. White confirmed to the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester that police are investigating the incident, but would provide no details.

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