Firebombed Researcher Fears Animal-Rights Activists

UC Santa Cruz biologist speaks out after weekend firebombing of home

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 4, 2008 4:43 PM CDT

(Newser) – A university researcher says he fears for his family’s safety after a weekend firebomb attack, the San Jose Mercury News reports. David Feldheim, who does neuroscience research on mice at the University of California Santa Cruz, was slightly injured. He said he expects a continuining threat from animal-rights activists—one of whom called the incident a “necessary” act.

"I don't think the university can do too much to prevent these kind of attacks,” Feldheim told the Santa Cruz Sentinel. A spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front, while denying responsibility, countered: “This guy knows what he is doing. He knows that every day that he goes into the laboratory and hurts animals that it is unreasonable not to expect consequences.”

Graffiti and a broken window mark the doorway of the home of a University of California professor, following a demonstration by animal rights activists on Saturday, May 31, 2008, in Berkeley, Calif.
Graffiti and a broken window mark the doorway of the home of a University of California professor, following a demonstration by animal rights activists on Saturday, May 31, 2008, in Berkeley, Calif.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
An animal rights protester, who declined to give his name, confronts a neighbor of a University of California professor on Saturday, May 31, 2008, in Berkeley, Calif.
An animal rights protester, who declined to give his name, confronts a neighbor of a University of California professor on Saturday, May 31, 2008, in Berkeley, Calif.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Animal rights activists, who declined to give their names, demonstrate outside the home of a University of California professor, on Saturday, May 31, 2008, in Berkeley, Calif.
Animal rights activists, who declined to give their names, demonstrate outside the home of a University of California professor, on Saturday, May 31, 2008, in Berkeley, Calif.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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