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Animal Rights Extremists Arrested For Violent Activity
October 4, 2009
Nathan Pope, 26, of Oceanside, former UC Santa Cruz student Adriana Stumpo, 23, of Long Beach, Joseph Buddenberg, 25, of UC Berkeley, and former UCSC student Maryam Khajavi, 20, are suspected for violent protests in Santa Cruz and Alameda. Previous crimes include demonstrating outside a professor’s home at UC Berkeley, chalking and demonstrating in front of several other homes, attempting to forcibly enter a researcher’s home and possibly planting firebombs, an accusation that has not been verified but could result in murder charges. They have collaborated in efforts at UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Santa Cruz.
While most animal rights activists in the past have
generally focused their actions against institutions, attacks against
individuals are becoming more and more common. According to the Foundation
for Biomedical Research, there were 10 episodes against the center in 2000
and 77 in 2006.
None of the suspects have been charged but they will most
likely be charged, in part, under the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism
Act, which calls for a penalty of no less than five years for “threats, acts
of vandalism, property damage, criminal trespass, harassment or
intimidation.” The group will appear in a U.S. district court later this