Thursday, June 12, 2008

Researchers Threatened

Protests at UC animal-lab workers' homes
Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross
Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Officials have been trying to keep it quiet, but 24 UC Berkeley researchers and seven staffers have been harassed by animal rights activists in recent months, in some cases having their homes or cars vandalized.

"What they all have in common is that they all work in animal research," UC Berkeley spokesman Robert Sanders said of the targeted employees.

In several instances, the activists have shown up outside researchers' homes in the middle of the night with bullhorns and chanting, "Animal killers." Sometimes they have scrawled slogans on the sidewalk in chalk.

On more than one occasion, rocks have been thrown through the researchers' windows and their cars have been scratched up. Read More

The problem of our medical researchers being harassed by protesters has been going on for some time now, but it seems as though there has been more happening lately, especially in California. If these protesters are so adamant about stopping this research on animals and place their well being over that of humans it would seem appropriate that they would volunteer to have testing done on themselves in order to save these animals.

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