University researchers firebombed, animal rights activists blamed
By CONAN KNOLL, GENEVIEVE BOOKWALTER AND MARY ANNE OSTROM
Santa Cruz Sentinel (Calif.)
Firebombs were intentionally set on a porch and in a car belonging to two UC Santa Cruz researchers in separate incidents early Saturday in what police have classified as acts of domestic terrorism.
Police are calling one of the bombings an attempted homicide.
In one incident, a faculty member's home was intentionally firebombed at about 5:40 a.m., according to police. The residence belongs to a well-known UCSC molecular biologist who works with mice. He was one of 13 researchers listed in threatening animal rights pamphlets found Tuesday in a downtown coffee shop.
In the second incident at about the same time, a Volvo station wagon parked in a faculty member's driveway on campus also was firebombed, police said.
The family was home at the time of the firebombing and the victims, including two young children, escaped on a fire ladder from a second-story window, according to police. One family member sustained injuries during the escape and had to be hospitalized briefly, police said. That bombing is being considered an attempted homicide because the family was home, police said. Read More
This attack on researchers and their families, by these terrorists, is nothing but an act of cowardice. Fortunately no one was hurt in this terrorist attack, but it shows that these animal rights extremists are willing to kill their own species in an attempt to further their agenda. Different pieces of legislation are being considered in California to hopefully deter this type of activity.