Animal activists charged with violence against UCLA researchers
Two animal liberation activists were charged with conspiracy, stalking and other felonies today after attacks on UCLA researchers who perform tests on animals and on the L.A.-based POM Wonderful Juice Co. Our colleague Andrew Blankstein on the L.A. Now blog reports:
Linda Faith Greene, 61, and Kevin Richard Olliff, 22, who prosecutors say are part of the radical Animal Liberation Front, pleaded not guilty to the charges after their arrest Thursday. Greene was held on $450,000 bail and Olliff on $460,000 bail.
In the most recent attack on a UCLA faculty member, neuroscientist J. David Jentsch's car was set afire outside his Westside home.
The Times' Larry Gordon recalled past incidents:
The UC system has spent several million dollars in recent years to improve security around researchers' homes, classrooms and offices. Citing security concerns, Jentsch declined to have his photo taken for this article.
Two days after Jentsch's car was burned, a profanity-laced Internet message from the murky Animal Liberation Brigade took credit for the fire, as it had for past UCLA assaults.
For more information on the violence against UC researchers, see the Times' timeline of events.
-- Lindsay Barnett
Photo: A walkway at UCLA's Royce Hall. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times