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New California Law Leads to Increased Underground Actions
by Animal Liberation Press Office
Wednesday Oct 8th, 2008 10:54 PM

For Immediate Release
October 9, 2008

New California Law Leads to Increased Underground Actions


A Third Communique Received After AB 2296 is Signed by Governor

Los Angeles CA: In the third communique received by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office this week, animal activists have mocked the recent passage of the "Vivisector Protection" Act, AB 2296 signed into law by Governor Schwartzenegger on September 28:

The latest communique reads:
"UCLA shame on you. With primates being the closest genetic relative that human beings have, that is they share over 90% of our genetic makeup, it is very reasonable to assume that in addition to DNA and similar molecules they also share our sensitivities to fear, boredom, lonelieness, and above all, pain. As scientist you all know this. It's the main reason that you chose to test on them right? UCLA, regents, deans, and vivisectors, your choice to continuously destroy the precious lives of these beautiful beings is why we won't leave you be.

As today began (oct 6 2008) we caught up with a couple of your currently popular vanpools. In two different locales, using small wooden rods we slipped unfired shotgun shells into the mufflers by way of the tailpipes of two of your vans. We also phoned into your media relations desk to let them know about it. On a long enough drive or a hot enough day the mufflers will be blown off.

Leave the primates out of your inept and outdated science and we will leave you out of our quest for justice."

Two days ago, the Press Office distributed the below communiques and comments in an earlier press release:

Los Angeles and Berkeley, CA: In separate anonymous communiques received today by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, three underground attacks on animal researchers were claimed in reaction to the passing of AB 2296 and a police raid on a bookstore in Oakland. AB 2296, a bill signed into law a week ago, is aimed not at illegal actions but at legal, above-ground activism, restricting free speech regarding California academic vivisectors. The fact that it is highly-unconstitutional seems to have come back to bite those in Sacramento. Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger, who has built his career and hero status by killing his enemy, blowing things up and making imminent, violent threats in his movies has, by signing this bill into law, become known as the "Terminator" of free speech.

The communiques read, in part:
We were inspired by the recent passage of the 2296 bill and the raid of an anarchist infoshop in Oakland. As the vivisectors revel in their false safety, know this. This law changes NOTHING. We are still here and we intend to act.

We threw stones through windows at Ralph Freeman's Vine Street home, breaking two. Frederic Theunissen's car was scratched up with a hammer. This same hammer was used to smash a large window on his home in the middle of the night. Ralph Freeman has killed cats and kittens in his laboratory at UC Berkeley with no benefit for humans for over twenty years. Frederic Theunissen is responsible for the torture of birds in his laboratory. These animals are denied movement and cut open for his insane, unscientific studies.

All the vivisectors and anyone assisting in this sadism at UC Berkeley (researchers, post-docs) shall consider themselves an appropriate target. And remember, cameras and motion lights have done nothing for Theunissen and Freeman. Justice's hammer falls again and again until it ends when the price is a helpless animals life, -----Feminists for Animal Liberation

and

Thought we'd shout out a big screw you to bill 2296 so we paint stripped three cars in the driveway of UCLA vivisector Baldwin Way at 901 Princeton Street in Santa Monica. A kid in our dorm knows all about you fucker, injecting meth into vervet monkeys. Keep up the revolution, friends in Mexico, Berkeley, Santa Cruz and around the world. ---students and workers for the liberation of UCLA primates.

(To read all the communiques, visit www.animalliberationpressoffice.org/communiques_home.htm.)

Vivisection is not only an evil perpetrated on millions of innocent animals, but is also scientifically fraudulent. While 20,000 children worldwide die every week from the effects of unclean water, vivisectors in University of California laboratories are wasting money addicting primates to crystal methamphetamines, gluing coils to the globes of their eyes and doing other inhumane and painful experiments on primates and other species of animals, including cats, dogs, pigs, mice and birds. In a civilized society, and with more modern alternatives to animal experimentation, one would think the US and other first world countries would be on the forefront of good solid non-animal-based research that could save the lives of children and adults alike. Instead, greedy "scientists" continue business as usual by mutilating non-human animals.

Earlier this year, UC bureaucrats forced AB 2296 on legislators and the California public, targeting legal picketers free-speech activities. (A complete copy of the law is available at http://www.animalliberationpressoffice.org/media_home.htm#ab2296.) In an increasingly repressive environment where 1st-Amendment Free Speech rights are being taken away from legal picketers, underground activities seem only to be increasing. Legal picketers are complaining of harassment, intimidation and arrest for marching on public sidewalks, chanting and even handing leaflets describing what a vivisector does to animals; they feel as if they are being targeted by the state unfairly and have filed a federal law suit against UCLA and it's captain of police, John Adams. Despite increased police repression, there is ample evidence to show that the campaign to stop primate vivisection at UCLA is continuing by both legal and illegal activities.

Jerry W. Vlasak, MD, a press officer for the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, states "It is indeed unfortunate that UC schools are unwilling to listen to more reasonable approaches to ending the atrocities in their laboratories. Animal research will end, and if the University of California could end their own addiction to easy grant money for this fraudulent research, they could instead lead the scientific community in the legitimate pursuit of medical cures using methods of research shown to be more effective than the use of non-human animals, including primates."

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Contact: Press Officer Jerry Vlasak, MD
Animal Liberation Press Office
6320 Canoga Avenue #1500
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

818.227-5022

www.animalliberationpressoffice.org
press@animalliberationpressoffice.org


Comments  (Hide Comments)

by wunder
Thursday Oct 9th, 2008 10:56 AM
with regards the shotgun shells thing - how big of an explosion is that? It actually might be a major point, because if some staff from the languages department or gym field trip happen to be riding one of those - would this big like a loud bang like a rod in the engine blowing, or could it be like a tire popping and sending the vehicle out of control, and hurting an unrelated individual. Or perhaps this action wasn't really carried out, and the communique writer is trying to create a creepy sensation, and cause a lot of expense as they search the vehicles. As a child, we always used to collect bullets that we found in fields and parking lots, but I didn't realize that they could actually go off outside of a gun, as we never understood what the mechanism in a gun that shoots them off was.
by A Vanpool Driver
Thursday Oct 9th, 2008 4:25 PM
Shotgun shells in the exhaust could send one of these vans out of control on a busy freeway injuring not only the vanpool passangers but those on the freeway around them. These vanpools take hundreds if not thousands of extra cars off the road everyday (systemwide) reducing pollution traffic congestion and global warming. Way to go, attack something that the university is actually doing positive.
BTW yes bullets and shotgun shells can go off when exposed to high temperatures sending the bullets and shot whizzing off uncontrollably.
by bonnie mcennis
Thursday Oct 9th, 2008 4:55 PM
Soon there will be posts on indy media calling attention to the plight of some deranged animal rights activists who have been arrested for domestic terrorism and criminal intimidation. I don't have a clue why someone would perform acts such as these, but I do know that violent acts like these seldom go unpunished. Bragging about it usually is the forerunner of a bad end.
by Eltrud
Friday Oct 10th, 2008 8:06 AM
yes. They could cause a lot of worry just by sending out the press release, without actually doing it. This is because it would be so easy to do when the van is parked anywhere other than the university parking lot, and they would need to keep inspecting mufflers to make certain it hadn't happened. One would assume that every mammal researcher's house has a camera these days. In previous eras, there was discussion about the practice of tree spiking, where people would attempt to save a grove of old trees by pounding in spikes, and marking the trees with paint. If the tree was still cut, it could technically break equipment at the sawmill and hurt the worker standing nearby. When infrastructure was being destroyed (say at a slaughterhouse or fur farm), there was often special care taken to make sure that all animals were out of the building and nobody could wander in at the last minute.
by Daily Planet
Friday Oct 10th, 2008 12:58 PM
This sounds sort of Sun Tzu. If they didn't actually carry out some of these incidents of vandalism, there still might have been an illegal action of posing threats, but the risk level of carrying it all out would be lower.

http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2008-10-09/article/31284?headline=Doubts-Surround-Activists-Claims-Of-Vandalism-of-Cal-Researchers