Animal Rights Extremists Target the University of California
Posted: March 18, 2009
Updated: May 12, 2011
A widespread campaign of intimidation and violence by animal rights extremists against University of California (UC) scientists and researchers has been marked by numerous acts of harassment, vandalism and a series of firebombings and attempted firebombings deliberately targeting individuals.
A hoax alleging that "dangerous" packages had been sent to two UCLA scientists marks the latest action relating to the campaign against UC, which began in 2006 and has primarily targeted faculty in response to the use of animal experimentation in UC laboratories.
On May 3, 2011, two Los Angeles-based extremist cells claimed that anonymous supporters had sent letters, each containing "a dangerous present," to Edythe London and Joaquin Fuster, animal researchers who for years have been targeted by animal rights extremists who oppose their research on primates. The packages were never received, according to authorities.
Despite some legal efforts taken by the UC system and the state of California, animal rights extremists, who often operate in small and loosely affiliated cells, have continued their activity and most of the attacks remain unsolved.
Radical animal rights and environmental groups have claimed responsibility for hundreds of crimes and acts of terrorism, including arson, bombings, vandalism and harassment during the past two decades, causing more than $175 million in damage.