Originally published August 16 2008
Animal Experiment Researcher's Home Firebombed by Animal Rights Activists
by David Gutierrez, staff writer
(NaturalNews) An incendiary device was set off at the front door of University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) professor Edythe London's home on February 5, in the second vandalism of her home in four months. While the property was damaged, no one was home at the time of the incidents and there were no injuries.
The guidelines of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), which is suspected of responsibility, specify that care must be taken to harm no human or animal in any action, even those that involve property destruction.
In October, London's home was flooded with a garden hose, causing tens of thousands of dollars in property damage. That vandalism was claimed by the ALF, which targeted London for her work addicting primates to methamphetamines. London has also admitted to addicting primates to nicotine and lambs to cocaine.
"Have you ever even witnessed the innocent monkeys that your mad scientists have addicted to methamphetamines as they convulse throughout excruciating withdrawal symptoms?" read the October communique.
In September, an article in the San Francisco Gate criticized London for taking a $6 million grant from the tobacco industry and then keeping her research mostly secret. When the Gate requested more information on the details and function of London's research, UCLA provided heavily redacted documents that the publication pronounced useless.
Because the October communique mentioned the possibility of burning London's house down and suggested that the activists would return, law enforcement believe that the two incidents are connected.
"You are now in the spotlight of justice," the communique read. "Your address at 1249 Shadybrook Drive in Beverly Hills is now publicized for all to see. Until we see the end of primate vivisection at UCLA, we will remind you of our presence. We never back down. We always win."
"We will not stop until UCLA discontinues its primate vivisection program," the communique concluded. "We are the ALF."
The February incident marks the third incendiary device set off at the home of a UCLA animal experimenter in less than three years.
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