Posted: April 22, 2008 07:41 PM EDT
Updated: April 28, 2008 01:43 PM EDT
Kellene Stockwell & Brandon Rittiman Channel 2 News
Animal rights activists protested outside a Reno laboratory Tuesday
night - the same place where police found what appeared to be a fake
bomb late Monday night. Organizers insist they had nothing to do with
what happened at the east Reno lab. "No, that's not something, we don't
condone violence or anything like that, so we don't have anything to do
with that," says Tania Tavcar with Animal Alliance.
Police say it's a bit of coincidence that someone dropped off a
strange device that made a ticking noise right across from the gate to
Charles River Labs when they know there's a protest the next night.
The bomb squad eventually blasted the device with a water cannon and
destroyed it without incident.
Police stepped up patrols for Tuesday night's planned candlelight
vigil. FBI agents also attended, telling us that a few members of the
40-person crowd had gotten violent at animal rights protests in other
Last month, an animal rights group publicly denounced Charles River
Labs which also has a plant in Sparks saying lab monkeys had fingers and
tails cut off at their facilities.
A company spokesperson responded by saying they were reviewing
Protestors say the idea behind Tuesday's event is to make people
aware these labs are here in our community. "So many people drive by and
say, 'I never knew this was here' and so that's why we're out here and
that's why we wanna stay out and protest because we educate the public
and let everybody know that this is actually here in Reno."
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN