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Animal Activists Protest Outside Reno Lab

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 states.

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 policies.

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

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