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ALF attacks Oxford University suppliers

The ALF have claimed responsibility for a series of attacks against firms working for Oxford University. The Animal Liberation Front claimed responsibility for having disabled card swipe devices on doors at university buildings last month and attacking vans and premises belonging to four local firms that are involved in contract work for the university.

George, the macaque monkey who was blinded and mocked by an Oxford University 'scientist'

Bite Back magazine's website, a website based in the US that reports many ALF attacks, received two anonymous reports claiming responsibility for the attacks in protest against the construction of the �18m animal testing facility in South Parks Road.

The first communiqué said: "Throughout the month of June, the ALF were busy taking on Oxford University. A number of the card swipes present on most buildings as security devices were glued or disabled. It was nice to see that some of them have now had to be removed together.

Oxford University, while you continue to torture and abuse animals we will be lying in wait for you. There is nothing you can do to stop us."

The communiqué ended: "Dedicated to George and the other primates at this sick hellhole"

George was a macaque monkey that was experimented on inside Oxford University. The information about George actually came from the vivisector who used George as an experimental tool, and proudly boasted about what he did to George to a group of visitors to the university, one of them who then passed that information onto animal rights campaigners.

George's eyes had extensive injuries caused to them, creating lesions for the purpose of the experiment. The account told by the vivisector is even more obscene when one takes into account that the vivisector then started to laugh as he went on with his story, telling the assembled group that after having blinded (we don�t know if he was totally or partially blinded) George, part of the experiment then included taking George out into the university park.

George was almost certainly a wild caught macaque. Once he would have been roaming free in the tundra of Tanzania, or on the sugar plantations of Mauritius or in the jungles of Indonesia and China. He was taken from his homeland and forced to endure the most appalling cruelty. The next time he experienced fresh air, he was blind and tethered.

The second posting said: "On Thursday, July 18, the ALF struck at four sites in Oxford: "These were premises or vehicles belonging to building contractors, which do regular work for the university." According to the ALF, locks were glued and gates D-locked at Monard Electrical contractors; a Dark & Taylor van was spray-painted and a Lowe & Oliver van was spray-painted at an undisclosed location; and a DHL parcels van was "paint-strippered" in Catherine Street, East Oxford.

All the companies declined to comment. Thames Valley Police spokesman said: "So far no-one has been arrested in connection with these offences." Robin Webb, a spokesman for the ALF, said: "These activities will continue, while the lab is being constructed. The university can take out as many sweeping injunctions against activists as it likes, but it can't clamp down on those who are already acting outside the law."

A spokesman for Oxford University said: "We are unable to comment in detail on the incidents as these are currently under investigation by police. It is totally unacceptable that such criminal activities designed to harass and intimidate should be carried out against the university and those associated with it."

No mention was made about the abuse of George and the bragging of the vivisector who had blinded him or on the fact that the professor that had used George had previously been investigated by the police for cruelty to a monkey he was experimenting on - he refused to have the monkey put down and put out of its misery because to him this non human animal, was nothing more than an 'asset'.


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