Restraining order to protect researchers from animal activists
The University of California (UCLA) will appear in
court to request a temporary restraining order against animal rights activists
accused of harassing university researchers.
The aim of this retraining order would be to protect scientists who conduct
experiments using animals.
According to an article on The Los Angeles Times, the university will ask a
Superior Court judge in Santa Monica to limit the activities of five individuals
and three organisations that maintain websites, including one that identifies
researchers and lists their home addresses.
"We are hoping to send an important message that violence and harassment of
our faculty is absolutely outrageous and totally inappropriate," said UCLA
Chancellor Gene D. Block.
UCLA researchers have reportedly been the target of several attacks in
It has been reported that animal activists recently claimed credit for
breaking a window in London's house and using a garden hose to flood the ground
floor, causing more than $20,000 in damage.
In statements on their websites, activists said the attacks are warranted
because scientists who conduct such experiments are torturing the animals.
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