Animal group targets UCLA researcher

July 12, 2006 at 11:44 AM
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LOS ANGELES, July 12 (UPI) -- An animal-rights group took credit Wednesday for leaving a bottle with flammable liquid on the porch of a primate researcher.

The Animal Liberation Front said it had left a "molotov cocktail" at the home of Lynn Fairbanks, a researcher at the University of California in Los Angeles. It was not clear if the bomb exploded.

ALF said it targeted Fairbanks because she keeps "hundreds of Vervet monkeys in cages, purportedly to study pscyhological, psychiatric and social problems" and alleged that "she has killed thousands of her subjects."

The UCLA Web site lists Fairbanks as director of the center for primate neuroethology, which conducts research involving Vervet monkeys.

"Since she (Fairbanks) is rumored to have a cocktail every evening after a hard day's work of breeding monkeys for painful addiction experiments at UCLA, we thought we would give her a cocktail of our own -- a moletov (sic) cocktail," ALF said in a statement. "We left it on her doorstep but didn't hang around to see if it went off."

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