Feds Probe Firebombing of Animal Researcher's Car

Attack targeted professor who used primates to study addiction
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2009 3:27 AM CDT
A firebomb attack on a UCLA researcher's vehicle is the latest in a series of attacks on university researchers who use animals in their work.    (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – An federal anti-terror task force is probing the firebombing of a UCLA neuroscientist's car, the Los Angeles Times reports. An animal rights group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place outside the researcher’s house and caused no injuries. The professor targeted has been using primates for research into schizophrenia and drug addiction.

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block condemned the "utterly reprehensible" tactics and said the university would work with the FBI and other agencies to bring those responsible to justice. A university spokesman said the attack was the latest in a string of aggressive acts—including firebombs, vandalism and threatening phone calls—aimed at researchers who use animals.