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April 25, 1986 | BOB SIPCHEN, Times Staff Writer
UC Irvine police arrested 10 animal rights activists who chained themselves to a door of the university's medical sciences complex Thursday to protest the use of animals in research. The protest was in conjunction with demonstrations against animal research nationwide, and about 160 people, including those at UC Irvine, were arrested on college campuses in the county. The California demonstrations resulted in 48 arrests at UCLA, 8 at USC, and 5 at UC San Diego.
October 13, 2013 | By Hal Herzog
We Americans like to think of ourselves as animal lovers. But is this claim true? One way to answer this question is to follow the money. According to government, industry and interest group stats, we spend about $50 billion on our pets annually and donate another $6 billion to animal-related and environmental charities. This sounds like a lot until you compare it to the amount we collectively devote to killing members of other species: $72 billion on hunting and fishing, $60 billion on animal research and $240 billion on meat, poultry and seafood.
October 28, 1990
Throughout our lives my wife and I have enjoyed companionship of both dogs and cats who enriched our lives with their loyalty and devotion. For that reason, we will vote yes on Proposition C. Animals benefit from animal research. Vaccines developed from animal research now protect pets and domestic animals from diseases that were fatal not too long ago. Humans also are dependent on animal research. Medical procedures first tested on animals have saved the lives of uncounted humans.
June 12, 2013 | By Julie Cart and Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday proposed extending tough new protections for chimpanzees in captivity, a shift that would place strict limits on primates' role as human surrogates in biomedical research. In reclassifying chimps as endangered, the agency would put new requirements on the declining number of scientists who rely on chimpanzees to devise vaccines for infectious diseases, develop treatments for cancers and autoimmune diseases, and investigate ways to block dangerous pathogens that might jump from primates to humans.
March 18, 2011 | By Alaine Griffin, Hartford Courant
Animal lab technician Raymond Clark III pleaded guilty Thursday to the 2009 slaying of Yale University student and bride-to-be Annie Le, averting what was expected to be a high-profile trial. Clark, whose father said he was burdened by a tortured heart, pleaded guilty to murder and criminal attempt to commit sexual assault. As part of a plea deal, Clark, 26, will be sentenced to 44 years in prison, a prosecutor said. Clark is tentatively scheduled to be sentenced May 20. Prosecutor David Strollo said Le's family was notified about plea negotiations throughout the process.
February 23, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Animal research has helped scientists understand human disease, and in some cases, develop cures. But it has also exposed them to an onslaught of attacks -- some violent -- from animal rights activists who question the ethics and necessity of animal experiments. This week, the journal Nature takes a look at the complicated case of animal activism and its effects on scientific research, publishing the results of a poll of 980 biomedical scientists from around the world.
February 14, 2011 | By Emily Sohn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
People usually have good reasons for swallowing over-the-counter painkillers: They're hurting. But though the drugs often help, new research suggests that they sometimes do the opposite of what their users intended. That's especially true for serious athletes, for whom pain ? and painkillers ? are regular companions. In recent years, scientists have been studying runners competing in the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile race through California's Sierra Nevada mountains that involves more than 18,000 total feet of uphill climbing, more than 21,000 feet of downhill running and an average of 26 hours to complete.
November 25, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
When UCLA neuroscientist J. David Jentsch was a grad student, he never expected his life as an academic would require around-the-clock armed guards, or a closed-circuit TV inside his bedroom so he could keep constant watch over his home. But the high-powered security proved necessary again this month when the researcher, who experiments on monkeys, opened a letter left in his mailbox to discover razor blades and a death threat. "We follow you on campus," Jentsch recalled the note reading.
August 9, 2010 | By Jill U Adams, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Concerns about the chemical bisphenol A and its potential health risks have led many consumers to be more careful about the containers they use to carry drinking water and feed their babies. The market has responded with water bottles labeled "BPA-free. " And then, in late July, the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization, reported that high amounts of BPA are present in everyday cash register receipts, as much as 3% of the total weight of the receipt. Certainly, there would be real concerns if the bisphenol A on receipts readily sloughs off onto the fingers of cashiers and buyers, penetrates several layers of skin and enters the bloodstream at potentially toxic levels, says Kristina Thayer, a scientist at the National Toxicology Program, an interagency group charged with evaluating toxic chemicals.
April 23, 2009 | Larry Gordon and Raja Abdulrahim
Led by a professor whose car was set on fire last month in an anonymous attack, more than 400 UCLA scientists and their supporters rallied on campus Wednesday to defend research using animals and to protest the violent tactics of some opponents. At almost the same time, about 40 critics of animal research demonstrated just across Westwood Boulevard from the pro-research gathering, and the two groups briefly traded slogans before marching to different UCLA plazas.
February 21, 2009 | Richard C. Paddock
Four animal activists have been arrested for their alleged roles in attacking and harassing animal researchers at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz over the last 18 months, the FBI announced Friday. The arrests are a breakthrough in the investigation of attacks against a number of University of California animal researchers that have long frustrated police and school officials.
August 23, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Lawmakers on Friday adopted new protections for animal researchers, rejected a controversial bid for neutering pets and floated a plan for solving the state's water crisis. They also addressed efforts to protect homeowners from foreclosure scams and to provide consumers with more choices on milk as 87 bills moved through the Legislature a week before their scheduled adjournment. On Friday, three weeks after firebomb attacks on UC Santa Cruz animal researchers and months after vandalism at a UCLA professor's home, state senators unanimously approved an emergency measure to strengthen laws protecting academics against violence and intimidation.
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