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Lindy Greene: Q's from Oxford Univ., Plus Rick Bogle
November 14, 2007
Oxford University asked me to comment on two recent ALF arson attacks against a couple of its vivisectors' cars. I incorporated and revised some of what I said in the LA Times about Edythe London:
Vivisection is simultaneously an animal rights and a human rights issue. Data from one species cannot be extrapolated to another with more than 5-25% reliability (note that simply tossing a coin would yield 50%) and explains why no cures come down the pike for decades. It also underlies the multiple thousands of consumer injuries and deaths each year from adverse reactions to drugs and products tested "safe" in animals.
The experimental psychology hobgoblins are the most perverted of the lot. Cognizant that animal abuse is the hallmark symptom of psychopathology, they visit their darkest compulsions on animals while their dysfunctional consciences are not pricked in the slightest by the knowledge that they are concomitantly harming humans. They provide the incontrovertible proof that their condition is irremediable by any recognized modern therapeutic modality.
History strives to teach us lessons that we stubbornly refuse to learn. When legitimate grievances go consistently unheard and unaddressed, the attendant frustration expresses itself with increasing vehemence. Every sociopolitical movement has ultimately had to resort to violence against the oppressors or their property as a consequence of the inescapable observation that it is the only means to engage with those whose native cognitive and empathic deficits render them otherwise unreachable and impervious to reform.
The Animal Liberation Front adheres to a non-negotiable policy that no life - human or animal - be harmed during an action. The vivisectors perpetrate the most heinous of atrocities against animals on a daily basis but solicit public sympathy and clamor for law enforcement assistance when a little deserved retribution finally comes their way. Like all psychopaths, they can dish it out but can't take it.
Activists who have the guts and gumption to risk life, limb, and liberty to stand up for sentient beings who cannot speak or act in their own behalf are always the unsung heroes who must endure the libelous barbs of those who lack the equivalent courage and moral fortitude. It is up to the brave warriors of the "moonlight militia" to dispense the only justice available to creatures whom society would arbitrarily place outside the circle of moral compassion and beyond the reach of effective defense.
Rick Bogle letter re LATimes Flooded Vivisector article
To the editor:
" I read about the vandalism of Dr. Edythe D. London's multimillion dollar home by the Animal Liberation Front but did not see any details of her experiments on monkeys. Your readers might be interested to know about her nicotine experiments. In a paper published in 2006 in the Journal of Neuroscience [Human tobacco smokers in early abstinence have higher levels of beta2* nicotinic acetylcholine receptors than nonsmokers] she and her coauthors explained that two monkeys were administered 37.5 mg/kg of nicotine daily. This is the equivalent of between 13 and 17 packs of cigarettes a day. The monkeys were housed in solitary confinement -- a known cause of insanity and self-mutilation in rhesus monkeys -- and killed at the end of the experiment to examine their brains.
UCLA has refused to discuss its animal experiments with the public for so very long that anti-cruelty activists feel they have no choice but to take direct action against those who are involved. UCLA is directly to blame for the damage to London's home. Until the university speaks openly and encourages the public's input about its use of animals, I would not be surprised to see further use of weapons of mass saturation."
Rick Bogle, Founder
The UCLA primate vivisector whose home was flooded had, in a 2006 study conducted at Yale, subjected monkeys to the nicotine equivalent of almost 11 to nearly 17 packs of cigarettes a day in a solution of Kool-Aid, the only source of water available to them.
Among other meaninglessnesses: "Importantly, these studies demonstrate that, when smokers quit smoking, they do so in the face of a significant increase in the receptors normally activated by nicotine."
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Animal rights group says it flooded house
Underground organization claims responsibility for vandalizing home of UCLA professor who conducts research on monkeys.
By Larry Gordon
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 30, 2007
An animal rights group has claimed responsibility for flooding the Westside home of a UCLA professor who uses lab monkeys in research on nicotine addiction.
An FBI spokeswoman said Monday that the agency is investigating the claim that the Animal Liberation Front used a garden hose to flood the house of professor Edythe London on Oct. 20 in an attempt to stop her animal experiments.
The FBI, along with UCLA and Los Angeles police, are treating the vandalism as a case of domestic terrorism and are probing possible ties to a June incident in which an incendiary device was lighted, but did not explode, next to a car at the home of a UCLA eye disease researcher, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
In a press release distributed to the media Monday, an underground entity identifying itself as the Animal Liberation Front said it broke a window at London's house and flooded the residence with a hose. The announcement said the group considered starting a fire there, but did not want to risk igniting brush fires that might have harmed animals "human and non-human."
UCLA officials said the flooding caused between $20,000 and $40,000 in damage. London could not be reached for comment.
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block issued a statement Monday condemning what he described as a "deplorable and illegal act of extreme vandalism," and said the university would not retreat from the legal use of animals in research that can benefit society. He insisted that all UCLA research complies with federal laws to ensure humane care of lab animals.
The group's claim was posted by a Woodland Hills-based website called the North American Animal Liberation Press Office. Jerry Vlasak, a trauma surgeon who is an activist in that press office and who protests against animal euthanasia at animal shelters, declined to say how he received the information about the vandalism and said he did not know the responsible parties.
But Vlasak said Monday that he sent the communique to the media so the incident would "not be dismissed as a random act of violence." He said he condones the flooding at London's house "if it is helpful to get her to stop torturing innocent animals."
About a year ago, Santa Monica police and federal agents raided Vlasak's Agoura Hills house as part of an investigation into the Animal Liberation Front, which law enforcement officials described as a shadowy network that has sabotaged animal research labs, firebombed properties and made numerous death threats.
Authorities said Monday that Vlasak has not been charged with any crimes stemming from that investigation. FBI spokeswoman Eimiller said she could not confirm or deny whether the North American Animal Liberation Press Office is being investigated in the flooding and previous threats against UCLA professors.
Last year, Vlasak was convicted of "targeted protesting" -- in violation of a Los Angeles municipal ordinance -- for demonstrating against euthanasia at the home of a Department of Animal Services employee. He was sentenced to 30 days' electronic monitoring and is appealing the ruling.
Authorities are still offering $170,000 in rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for two previous UCLA-related incidents for which animal rights groups claimed credit.
An incendiary device was lighted but did not ignite June 24 next to a car parked at the Westside home of Dr. Arthur Rosenbaum, chief of pediatric ophthalmology at UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute. A similar incident occurred last year at a Bel-Air house, which apparently was targeted by mistake instead of the house of a UCLA researcher who lived nearby.
London, who has been at UCLA since 1999, is a professor in two departments at the David Geffen School of Medicine: Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Molecular & Medical Pharmacology. Her work on nicotine and methamphetamine addictions has included experiments on vervet monkeys. Plans for an upcoming study call for some of the monkeys to be ultimately killed and autopsied, according to the school.
According to Block's statement, London conducts "groundbreaking research aimed at better understanding and treating nicotine and methamphetamine addiction and other neuropsychiatric disorders that afflict millions of people." A university website said her research group pioneered the use of positron emission tomography, an imaging tool known as PET scanning, to show a relationship between drug craving and activity in brain regions that link memory with emotion.