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Another UCLA Van "Effectively Removed"

For Immediate Release
July 22, 2008

Another UCLA Van "Effectively Removed" by Animal Liberationists
University "Held Accountable" for Abuse of Primates in its Laboratories

Los Angeles. In an anonymous communiqué received by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, a UCLA van was "removed" as part of a campaign to force the university to stop torturing and killing non-human primates in their laboratories. This most recent communiqué regarding a UCLA van being "effectively removed" comes just weeks after another UCLA van was set ablaze. The Press Office doesn't know exactly what the author(s) of this communiqué meant by the phrase "effectively removed" regarding the UCLA van in a Riverside County location.

The communiqué reads:
Kudos to whoever lit that UCLA van ablaze a couple of weeks ago. Your action inspired us to look into these vans as well. You were right. They are everywhere. We effectively removed one of them from it's location in Riverside county last weekend. The funding that UCLA spent on purchasing this particular van will be redirected to save animals rather than the torturing of monkeys that UCLA is doing. Awashed in shame and the blood of innocents UCLA will continue to be held accountable. Hopefully by a rapidly growing number of people doing whatever it takes. Activists: GET OUT THERE!!!

A long-running campaign to stop the medically useless research on non-human primates at UCLA has seen peaceful and mainstream efforts such as leafleting, petitions, meeting with UCLA administration and even home demonstrations fail, as more animals die at larger expense to the public every year. Underground, illegal direct actions against primate vivisectors and now a second UCLA van being attacked is a good indication that UCLA's strategy of trying to get restraining orders against activists isn't working.

Animal Liberation Press Officer Jerry Vlasak, MD states: "UCLA may consider themselves an institution of higher education, but they are also an institution of primate torture, mutilation and death. UCLA?s primate research is a colossal waste of taxpayer money, and their soliciting of money from the tobacco and other industry groups to study their retail product is considered unethical by most physicians interested in research that might help their patients."

"Most UCLA researchers, not being clinicians, appear to have little interest in helping people, but instead seem to derive pleasure in addicting primates to 'Crystal Meth' and other drugs to further their own personal goals of academic and monetary enrichment. The recent attacks by the animal liberationists should come as no surprise to UCLA; they will undoubtedly remain a target until they stop their heinous experiments upon these innocent and non-consenting primates."

ALF claims responsibility for alleged missing vanpool

By Theresa Avila. UCLA Daily Bruin
Tuesday, July 22, 2008

An animal rights activist group, the Animal Liberation Front, has claimed responsibility for the removal of a UCLA vanpool from Riverside.

A full investigation was completed, and UC officials dismissed the the ALF's claims after no evidence of such incident was found. Phil Hampton, a spokesman for the university, said in a e-mail that the official investigation has discovered no evidence to support the activist group's claims. "All the commuter vans originating in Riverside have been accounted for, and there have been no reports of vandalism or damage made to fleet services or risk management," Hampton said in the e-mail. {Press Office Note: Although claimed by anonymous communique, it was not signed by the ALF. In any case, liberationists do not generally claim actions that they did not complete. Law enforcement and animal abusers such as UCLA, conversely, frequently make such false claims; reasons include efforts to downplay their fallibility, and attempts to draw out the activists whom they hope will expose themselves by stepping forward to prove their actions took place.}

In an anonymous statement sent out to the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, the group claimed responsibility for "effectively removing a UCLA vanpool" from its location in Riverside County. Earlier in the summer, a UCLA vanpool was set on fire. The Animal Liberation Front also claimed responsibility for the fire. The statement released today references the vanpool fire from June, thanking those responsible.

"Kudos to whoever lit that UCLA van ablaze a couple of weeks ago. Your action inspired us to look into these vans as well. You were right. They are everywhere," the statement read.

The van's removal is the latest in a string of property damages and attacks against University of California researchers who conduct testing with animal subjects. The home of Edythe London, a UCLA professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and molecular and medical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine, was attacked for the second time in February when an incendiary device was left in her home. Other attempted attacks have been made against other researchers in the past as well. An incendiary device which failed to ignite was left next the car of a UCLA ophthalmologist in 2007.

University officials have consistently defended the research being conducted and have condemned the acts. Hampton said the university's research is conducted in a fair manner and "is subject to strict federal guidelines and university regulations designed to ensure humane care." He added that the research has been partly responsible for many new scientific discoveries and should not be discontinued. "Discontinuing research would be a disservice to those with conditions such as AIDS, Parkinson's and cancer," Hampton said.

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

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