Acts of Cruelty

Oct 30, 2007 10:28pm

Edythe London is a professor of psychiatry at UCLA, specializing in what happens in the brains of drug addicts.  "Dr. London’s research has advanced the study of substance abuse and the development of new approaches and probes for studies of brain function," says her university web page. Some of the work in her lab involves experiments on vervet monkeys, which brought objections from a group called the Animal Liberation Front.  On Oct. 20 her Los Angeles home was flooded out with a garden hose.  The damage was reported by the university to be $20-40,000. The FBI and the LAPD are on the case.  They’ve labeled it an act of domestic terrorism. Now the ALF’s press office has posted a statement–whose source it would not identify–from people claiming credit.  The text below is verbatim, and the full copy is HERE. "Edythe London, your job as administrator of the UCLA center that addicts primates to methamphetamines is dispicable. You appear to make all of the sick perverted vivisectors who addict primates to meth possible. Have you ever even witnessed the innocent monkeys that your mad scientists have addicted to methamphetamines as they convulse throughtout excrutiating withdrawl symptoms?" Gene Block, the chancellor of UCLA, replied, "I condemn in the strongest possible terms this deplorable and illegal act of extreme vandalism, which resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in damage, and I reiterate the university’s steadfast commitment to the legal use of animals in research to benefit society." The press office of the Animal Liberation Front includes this disclaimer at the bottom of its web page: "The Animal Liberation Press Officers do not engage in illegal activities, nor do they know any individuals who do. Rather, the Press Office receives and posts communiques from anonymous parties and provides comment to the media." The communique they posted ended this way: "One more thing Edythe, water was our second choice, fire was our first. We compromised because we in the ALF don’t risk harming animals human and non human and we don’t risk starting brush fires.It would have been just as easy to burn your house down Edythe. As you slosh around your flooded house consider yourself fortunate this time. "We will not stop until UCLA discontinues its primate vivisection programe. "We are the ALF."

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