Media Coverage Animal Rights Activists Protest Over UCLA Research Practices
Animal Rights Activists Protest Over UCLA Research Practices
NBC4 TV News - October 9, 2006
WESTWOOD, Calif. -- Chanting "UCLA has blood on its hands" and other slogans, about a dozen animal rights activists marched at the Westwood campus Monday, demanding that the university change its research practices on monkeys and other primates.
The demonstrators say the animals are abused in the interest of science, allegations that UCLA officials deny.
In a letter sent last month to animal rights activist Michael Budkie,
UCLA acting Chancellor Norman Abrams wrote that "all UCLA research
involving animals is conducted in compliance with multiple, state,
federal and university regulations established to ensure humane
treatment. Furthermore, as you know, documents regarding UCLA's animal
research program are subject to public information law."
After marching on campus, the demonstrators took their complaints to the chancellor's office, where they met with Laurence Lokman, an assistant vice chancellor for communications.
In a telephone interview, activist Chris DeRose and Budkie said the demonstrators were told Abrams would not meet with them because campus officials believe the activists support using violence to achieve their goals.
DeRose said the activists "believe in the sanctity of all life and we would not be violent or injure a human being."
"They wanted us to come out and denounce the activities of other animal activists," DeRose said. "I don't know a single, solitary person in this movement who knows how to make a bomb. No one has ever been killed, slapped, hit or hurt."
On Aug. 29, the FBI offered a $60,000 reward for information about an attempted attack on a UCLA researcher.
In a July 11 report on its Web site, the Animal Liberation Front said it had left the device at the home of a UCLA researcher in Bel Air on June 30, FBI spokesman Kenneth Smith said.
Los Angeles Fire Department investigators said the device -- which failed to ignite -- was left at the wrong house, a residence actually occupied by a 70-year-old woman and her male tenant. The address was not disclosed.
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