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Animal activist group claims responsibility for van fire

June 14, 2008 | 12:09 pm

The UCLA Daily Bruin reports that an animal activist group is claiming responsibility for setting a university van on fire:

According to the Irvine Police Department, a van owned by UCLA was on fire near an Irvine recreation center the morning of June 3, and an animal activist group claimed responsibility for the events through an anonymous e-mail.

The Los Angeles Animal Liberation Front sent an anonymous communique to Bite Back Magazine in protest of UCLA’s primate research.

The message, which was posted today on the magazine’s website, protested UCLA’s primate research and said: "It is unacceptable for us to see, hear, and know what is going on in our animal labs without taking action. For all of those affected you have the UCLA primate vivisection program to blame."

Nancy Greenstein, director of community service for University Police, said the department received notice of the message this morning, and a joint investigation with the FBI is underway. The role of the ALF in the van fire has yet to be confirmed.

Earlier this year, authorities investigated a fire caused by a device left at a house owned by a UCLA professor who conducts animal research. It was the second time the house had been targeted in less than four months.

The device was placed on the front porch of a house owned by Edythe London, FBI officials in Los Angeles said. London, a professor of psychiatry and bio-behavioral sciences and of molecular and medical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, uses lab monkeys in her research on nicotine addiction.

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