Pressure mounts for Milano University
Approximately 70 anti-vivisection protesters took part in a demonstration outside the front entrance of the Pharmacology Department at Milano University in Italy on 10th June. The department has been a recent target of various direct actions and demonstrations.
Protesters arriving on the morning of the demo were surprised to discover that the department's sign on the front wall had been attacked with red paint bombs presumably during the previous night. Though they do not condemn the action, Laboratorio Antispecista members denied responsibility for it.
On 27th April, ALF activists raided the department. Eight beagles, three golden retrievers, twelve rabbits, and several mice and rats were removed from the building's animal housing facility on the fourth floor during daylight hours with staff and students present. Police were unable to arrest anyone, and, in an attempt to try and recover the animals and scare the people responsible for the liberation into exposing themselves, a smallpox warning was sent out by police and university officials. Such alerts have been used by police before in many different countries around the world following raids where animals have been liberated and all so far have proven totally unfounded.
"The demo was in full support of the liberation and aimed at exposing once more this place where animals have been abused for years and many more are still agonizing," stated a spokesperson for local animal rights group, Laboratorio Antispecista. "Hundreds of posters have been put in the city and the good turnout at the demo showed that liberations do get support. Only PR people in big organizations condemn them," he added.
According to sources, the department has been the subject of controversy surrounding the legality of some of the experiments conducted on animals. In an attempt to hide its actions and present a compassionate facade to the public, the department recently decided to 'retire' 3 of its beagles, who will be adopted out to families.
"Of course, they refuse to give them to animal rights groups or organizations, but we know that they are really doing it... So, 3 more saved!" commented the Laboratorio Antispecista representative.
reported by activists in Italy:
"On Saturday, June 10, about 70 protesters took part in a demo in front of the Pharmacology Department of Milano University (location of a
daylight raid on April 27). The demo was in full support of the liberation and aimed at exposing once more this place where animals have been abused for years and many more are still agonizing.
Arriving at the demo protesters noticed something had changed on the facade of the building, since some paint bombs had recently colored blood-red the name of the Institute!"