Animal extremists arrested for harassment of campus researchers
By Phil Hampton April 20, 2009 Category: Research
Two people have been arrested and charged in connection with the ongoing campaign of harassment of UCLA researchers who utilize laboratory animals in their work.
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced today that Linda Faith Greene, 61, and Kevin Richard Olliff, 22, entered not guilty pleas after being arraigned on stalking and other felony charges.
No arrests have been made in connection with several incidents of arson and attempted arson claimed by anti–animal research extremists targeting UCLA.
"UCLA is steadfastly committed to protecting our world-class researchers from harassment as they continue their vital work toward treatments and cures for a wide variety of afflictions," Chancellor Gene Block said. "While we respect the rights of those who hold different views on the use of animals in research, the use of criminal tactics is deplorable. We're grateful to UCLA's police department for working with other law enforcement agencies to gather the evidence that led to these arrests, as well as to the district attorney's office for recognizing the seriousness of the crimes against our researchers."
A Los Angeles County grand jury indicted Greene and Olliff on March 27, according to the district attorney. They were arrested April 16, and the indictment was unsealed today. Greene was being held on bail of $450,000 and Olliff on bail of $460,000.
The victims were listed as researchers at UCLA and employees of POM Wonderful Juice Co.
Both Greene and Olliff are listed as defendants on a preliminary injunction issued in April 2008 that prohibits harassment of UCLA researchers.
UCLA researchers utilize laboratory animals in an ongoing quest for knowledge that benefits society. This research has enhanced our understanding of how the human body functions and has led to the development of lifesaving procedures and medicines — among them radiation therapy and other cancer treatments, open-heart surgery, fetal circulatory health treatments, organ transplantation, mental health treatments and vaccines.
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