Animals Liberated from University of Iowa Labs
In the early hours of November 14,
2004 members of the Animal Liberation Front (A.L.F.)
rescued over four hundred animals from the clutches of
cruel and heartless vivisectors at the University of
Iowa. If not for the brave efforts of these
compassionate activists, these animals would have been
forced to continue to face horrific treatment at the
hands of the university’s researchers, having holes
drilled into their head, being forced to suffer through
severe dehydration, electrocution, and extreme cold, as
well as the forced ingestion of cocaine, methamphetamine
Rescuing animals from these desperate conditions is
not terrorism as the university, animal industry groups,
and even some welfare groups condemn these actions as.
No, it is the only thing any caring and sensitive person
can do when faced with such atrocities. Moreover, by
also destroying critical laboratory equipment and
records, and releasing video of the animals to activists
and the media the A.L.F. exposed university researchers
for what they really are.
The resulting uproar on the University of Iowa campus
is best evidenced by the exchange of letters in a local
newspaper between the University President who condemned
the action as criminal and students who called into
question the use of animals in experiments and applauded
the actions taken by the Animal Liberation Front.
Below is the communique sent out by the Animal
Liberation Front shortly after the raid on the
University. In additional communiques, the A.L.F.
offered details about the horrific experiments the
vivisectors were conducting, and providing their names,
addresses and contact information. This type of detailed
information provides a springboard for continuing action
against these vivisectors. Now it is up to activists to
take that information and pick up where they left
The Animal Liberation Front is
claiming responsibility for the liberation of 401
animals from the University of Iowa in the early hours
of November 14th, 2004. All animals on the third floor
of the UI psychology department -- 88 mice and 313 rats
-- were removed, examined and treated by a sympathetic
veterinarian, and placed in loving homes.
Additionally, two animal labs and three
vivisector's offices were entered and all contents
relating to animal research were destroyed.
4th Floor - Spence Labs:
Vivisector Ed Wasserman's lab entered. Dozens of
computers and devices used in experiments on live
pigeons were destroyed.
Basement - Spence
Lab of vivisector Mark Blumburg and others
entered. Surgical equipment and small animal stereotaxic
devices, as well as "shock boxes" and other instruments
of torture destroyed.
4th Floor - Seashore
Primate researcher Joshua Rodefer's office
entered. Computer discs, hard drives, paperwork and
photos showing Rodefer's work confining drug addicted
primates in small glass boxes removed. The remaining
paperwork detailing his monstrous work addicting
primates and rats to narcotics was soaked in acid and
the computer destroyed.
1st Floor - Seashore
Primate researcher Amy Poremba's office entered.
Computers destroyed, documents removed, and the
remainder soaked in acid.
This raid was carried
out to halt the barbaric research of the UI Psychology
Department's 7 primary animal researchers: Professors
Poremba, Freeman, Blumburg, Johnson, Robinson, Rodefer
This was not thoughtless vandalism
but a methodical effort to cripple the UI psychology
department's animal research. Only equipment in rooms
where animals were confined and tortured were targeted.
Only computers belonging to or used in the work of
vivisectors were destroyed. Only documents of animal
researchers waere doused in acid. The acid a
deliberately chosen paper dissolving agent. Our goal is
total abolition of all animal exploitation. Achieved in
the short term by delivering the 401 animals from UI's
chamber of hell. And in the extended term by shutting
down the labs through the erasing of research and
equipment used in the barbaric practice of vivisection.
The entire raid was a careful and deliberate 5-pronged
assault on UI's animal research.
laboratory doors we found drug addicted rats, rats
subjected to stress experiments involving loud noise,
rats undergoing thirst experiments, unanesthetized rats
with protruding surgical staples and oozing wounds, and
mice and rats affixed with grotesque head implants.
Inside the labs of UI's Psych Department, we found a
bloody torture chamber showcasing the cruelest whims of
our earth's sickest minds. Professors Freeman, Poremba,
Rodefer, Johnson, Robinson, Blumburg, and Wasserman are
monsters. Tonight 401 animals are spared their
Our deepest sadness is reserved for the
animals on the 4th Floor kept from our arms, those we
were unable to save, including hundreds of mice and
rats, pigeons, guinea pigs, and 8 primates.
animals were released into the wild. All 401 were placed
in comfortable, loving homes.
We acted as
operatives not only of compassion, but good science.
Animal research is not only cruel but hazardous -- as
data derived from the animal models is not applicable to
humans and therefore dangerous.
Our bypassing of UI's
sophisticated, key card-access, 4-walled security system
(perimeter, elevator, corridor, animal room) should be
interpreted as a two-fold message:
1) Our utter
seriousness in achieving animal liberation.
2) If you
torture animals and we not be stopped from liberating
On the ears of these monsters who know only
profit and blood, who hide behind unjust laws, our
breath has been wasted. Justice for the victims of
vivisection will be achieved not by the blows of boycott
nor protest -- but of our sledgehammers to laboratory
Let this message be clear to all who
victimize the innocent: We're watching. And by axe,
drill, or crowbar -- we're coming through your
Stop or be
Communique Addendum 1.0
The continuation of vivisection is maintained only
insofar as it remains outside public sight and scrutiny.
The ongoing research uncovered at UI's Psych Dept. is of
such a sadistic nature as to be inexcusable by all but
the sickest minds. UI code requires all animals be kept
behind locked doors of windowless rooms, and most often
on floors locked to the public. UI has also tagged this
raid as mere vandalism and denied an animal liberation
motive despite numerous slogans left painted at the
site, all to divert attention from it's animal research.
We confiscated paperwork from UI's 7 primary researchers
to give the public a glimpse into the sickness kept from
Drills holes into the skulls of
rats and affixes head implants in neurology experiments
involving "electrical brain stimulation". Rats removed
from his lab were grossly disfigured by surgically
implanted devices on the skull.
All animals in
his lab were
rats to a series of "chronic stressors" including loud
noise and strobe lights for the aim of "experimentally
induced depression". Also performs experiments involving
the withholding of water from rats.
in his lab were
subjects infant rats to prolonged cold exposure.
Famously deranged mind on record as stating the cries of
animals in labs are an automatic response and convey no
more emotion than a sneeze.
All animals in his
confines 8 rhesus monkeys in the NE corner of the Psych
building's 4th floor, subjecting them to numerous
stressors including reward/punishment experiments.
Places primates in a "behavioral conditioning box", also
known as a "shock box", where primates are subjected to
shock experiments. Inside her office we found pieces of
primate brain encased in glass and blueprints to the
primates and rats to cocaine, methamphetamine, and PCP
in redundant drug experiments. His drug possession
license filed with the DEA stipulates the drugs be kept
in a locked safe in the building's basement. However 2
stashes of narcotics were found in his 4th floor office,
including the inside pocket of a jacket, suggesting he
is himself addicted to the drugs he has for years forced
January 28, 2005
ALF Makes New Photos Available from University of Iowa Raid in November
Iowa- Graphic photographs, removed from laboratories during the recent raid on
the University of Iowa, have recently been obtained by the Press Office and are
available to the press upon request. Shown are non-human primates used at UI in
depraved psychological experiments.
In November, members of the Animal Liberation Front entered laboratories at the
university and freed more than 400 imprisoned animals that faced lives of misery
and torture at the hands of experimenters. No one has been charged by
authorities in the case.
Steve Best, PhD was recently at the UI campus to deliver a lecture in support of
the ALF, providing stimulating discussion on the topic and infuriating those
whose careers depend upon the relentless torture of animals in order to publish
reams of data generally useless for improving human health.
Jerry Vlasak, MD, himself a former animal researcher and now an outspoken critic
of animal research, states that “Researchers in labs like the one raided at UI
are wasting valuable research dollars in futile attempts to apply data obtained
from non-humans to human patients. Psychological experiments are even less
likely to be useful, as the complex psychosocial differences between humans and
animals are so different.”
The recent photographs were taken during the raid, and show non-human primates
restrained in stereo-tactic devices; another shows a researcher glibly holding a
test subject in a gruesome display of disrespect.