UCLA Animal Prof Sent 'AIDS Tainted' Razor Blades

Animal rights group attacks neuroscientist studying addiction
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 24, 2010 2:04 AM CST
Updated Nov 24, 2010 2:29 AM CST
Lab rats.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – An animal rights group has claimed responsibility for sending "bloody AIDS-tainted" razor blades to the home of a UCLA neuroscientist whom activists claim injects rodents and primates with addictive drugs. "How would David Jentsch like the same thing done to him?" asks a statement by a group called the "Justice Department" posted on the website of the Animal Liberation Front. "He should be living in hell which is where he will end up, desirably sooner rather than later." The incident is being investigated by the FBI and university police. Last year Jentsch's car was blown up in another attack by animal rights activists.

His research tracks biochemical processes linked to methamphetamine addiction and disabilities affecting behavior of schizophrenics, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Responsible use of animals in research aimed at improving the health and welfare of the mentally ill is the right thing to do," Jentsch said in a statement. "We will continue to do so because we have a moral responsibility to society to use our skills for the betterment of the world."

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