UCLA Van Drivers Checking For Firebombs
An animal rights group has posted anonymous warnings in an effort to persuade university researchers to stop using animals for research.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Drivers of vans used to bring 2,400 UCLA employees to work have been told to check underneath their vehicles for suspicious devices, and to be alert for vandalism.
Extremists connected with an animal rights group have posted anonymous warnings that they have placed shotgun shells inside van mufflers to trigger fires in an effort to persuade university researchers to stop using live animals for medical studies.
UCLA Police have investigated "and found no evidence to support the claims,'' said spokesman Phil Hampton in an interview with the Daily Bruin.
The renewed warning comes after animal rights protestors claimed responsibility for burning UCLA commuter vans twice in October, claims that the school has rejected as unfounded.
In messages e-mailed to news organizations over the last month, animal rights activists claimed credit for two fire bomb incidents against UCLA vans.
But the school says none of the 150 UCLA vans have been burned since a vanpool vehicle parked in a park-and-ride lot in Irvine was torched on June 3.
No one was injured, although the state-owned van was extensively damaged. Link
Rather than using legal means to voice their opinion, the animal rights extremists in California (most likely from the Animal Liberation Front) have opted to threaten UCLA employees with mass homicide. It’s hard to imagine these types of people having compassion for anything if they promote murder and fear against their fellow human beings.