Animal-rights advocates have escalated protests against University of California, Berkeley, researchers in recent months, visiting their homes at midnight and even leafleting their children's soccer games. Today could be the most confrontational day yet. Protesters have been saying it will be "a day of action" against faculty members who use animals for research.
The advertisements, found on Web sites such as Craigslist and MySpace, do not include details of the protest, and messages sent to an e-mail address in the ads were not returned. The protests, according to the listings, are being held because "40,000 nonhuman animals are currently held captive and being tortured at UC Berkeley."
Since August, activists have visited the homes and offices of several Berkeley researchers. An October protest at the El Cerrito home of toxicology professor Leonard Bjeldanes led to several arrests, although prosecutors declined to file charges.
Several researchers declined to speak about the harassment, which has become a problem across the 10-campus University of California system.
Campus chancellors released a joint statement in December decrying the protests, saying the university supports free speech but that some actions "have crossed the line."
"They're not above putting bombs under people's cars," said UC Berkeley spokesman Bob Sanders, referring to an incident at the home of a University of California, Los Angeles professor. "They're domestic terrorists."