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UC Berkeley researchers targeted by animal rights activists

June 11, 2008 | 10:45 am

The San Francisco Chronicle reports today that 24 UC Berkeley researchers and seven staffers have been harassed by animal rights activists in recent months.

"What they all have in common is that they all work in animal research," UC Berkeley spokesman Robert Sanders said of the targeted employees.

In several instances, the activists have shown up outside researchers' homes in the middle of the night with bullhorns and chanting, "Animal killers." Sometimes they have scrawled slogans on the sidewalk in chalk.

On more than one occasion, rocks have been thrown through the researchers' windows and their cars have been scratched up. ...

The Chronicle reports that the latest incident happened about 10 days ago in Berkeley; a group of activists showed up outside the home of a researcher who studies the effects of pesticides on mice. Sanders said a rock was thrown through the researcher's window and a window at a neighbor's home.

-- Alice Short

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