November 5, 2008
[UC Los Angeles]
An anti–animal research extremist has been found in contempt of court for violating an injunction prohibiting the harassment of UCLA personnel.
Pamelyn Ferdin, a well-known activist, violated the injunction by distributing fliers that included UCLA researchers' photographs, home addresses and phone numbers during demonstrations at the residences of faculty members on June 14, a judge ruled today. After a Nov. 5–6 hearing in a Santa Monica courtroom, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John L. Segal scheduled sentencing for Nov. 18. Ferdin could serve up to five days in jail and/or pay a fine of up to $1,000.
"It's important to send a message that the tactics used by anti–animal research extremists are illegal and will not be tolerated," UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said. "Promoting violence and harassment is not free speech, and we intend to continue the vigorous enforcement of the injunction designed to protect the UCLA community."
Ferdin, of Malibu, Calif., is frequently seen at demonstrations on the UCLA campus and at the homes of researchers. She is president of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty USA, an activist group whose members have been jailed for illegal activity directed at Huntingdon Life Sciences, a private laboratory. Several of the individuals named in the UCLA injunction have been the subjects of temporary restraining orders and injunctions prohibiting them from harassing employees affiliated with various public and private entities.