Authorities probe attempted firebombing of UCLA researcher’s car
Take a look below at two views of the same story. I’m interested in what you think about them. Please click on “Comments” at the end of this posting and let me know. Thanks.
One is a press release I received from the North American Animal Liberation Press Office in Los Angeles, dated June 28, “For Immediate Release.” The other, an Associated Press wire story on the same matter, dated June 29, the next day.
#1 — PRESS RELEASE
North American Animal Liberation Press Office — For Immediate Release — June 28, 2007
UCLA Vicisector gets Heat for Animal Abuse
His BMW is Firebombed to Protest Useless and Cruel Experiments on Non-human Primates
Los Angeles- In an anonymous communique received by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, activists claimed to have incinerated the luxury automobile of UCLA primate vivisector Arthur Rosenbaum. Claiming to have witnessed abuse of the highly intelligent animals personally, the activists went on to threaten Rosenbaum with some of the same cruel and useless atrocities he perpetrates on innocent primates in his laboratory.
Press Officer Jerry Vlasak, MD explains: “The research protocol calls for restraining monkeys in a device that keeps their heads from moving, while metallic coils are glued to their sclerae to allow tracking of their eye movements. This is an inordinately cruel experiment purporting to study a usually self-limiting disease that can readily be studied in volunteer humans. I hope Rosenbaum stops his cruel and useless experiments.”
The communique reads in part:
[A] gallon of fuel was placed and set a light under the right front corner of Arthur Rosenbaums large white shiney BMW. He and his wife Sandy, living at (address removed/Gary) in la, are the target of rebellion for the vile and evil things he does to primates at UCLA. We have seen by our own eyes the torture on fully conscious primates in his lab. We have heard their whimpers and screeches of pain. Seeing this drove one of us to rush out and vomit. We have seen hell and its in Rosenbaums lab.
For more information or to read the full press release, visit the Web site listed below. But I warn you, be prepared for a very scary visit: http://www.animalliberationpressoffice.org
#2 — ASSOCIATED PRESS WIRE STORY ON SAME
BC-CA–Animal Rights Attack, June 29, 2007
Authorities Probe Attempted firebombing of UCLA researcher’s car
LOS ANGELES — Authorities were investigating the attempted firebombing of a car owned by a University of California, Los Angeles, researcher as a terrorist act, officials said Thursday.
Animal rights activists claimed they set fire to a BMW parked in front of Arthur Rosenbaum’s house on Sunday. Jerry Vlasak, a spokesman for the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, alleged that Rosenbaum conducts abusive experiments on monkeys.
The firebomb was lit but did not ignite, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
The Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force — composed of investigators from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and local fire and police departments — was investigating the attempted attack, she said.
Rosenbaum is a professor of ophthalmology. University officials said the incident was the latest act of violence by animal rights extremists who oppose the use of animals in laboratory research.
“Anyone planting an incendiary device does so with the intent to kill or severely injure people or property,” UCLA Acting Chancellor Norman Abrams said in a statement.
He claimed animal rights activists have made threatening phone calls, pounded on the windows and doors of faculty members’ homes late at night and demonstrated outside their homes.
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