ucla professor stands up to violent animal rights activists - one way car alarm
When he heard his car alert blare and saw the orange glow through his bedroom window, UCLA neuroscientist J.
David Jentsch knew his fears had come true.
His 2006 Volvo cars, parked next to his house on the west side, were lit and destroyed in an attack early in the morning of March 7.
Jentsch has become the latest victim of a series of violent incidents aimed at University of California scientists who use animals in biomedical research.
"It is clear that the people who do my work in this environment expect this to happen, and in fact it is likely to happen," Jentsch said . ", He used vervet monkeys in his research on the treatment of mental division and drug addiction.
He did not receive any threats prior to the attack, but only took limited precautions, including keeping photos away from the Internet.
"I try to be as careful as I can, don't be paranoid," he said . ".
After a similar incident, scientists at the other University of California, Los Angeles, became almost seclusion due to safety and public curiosity about them.
Three years ago, another neuroscientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, tired of harassment and threats to his family, completely abandoned animal research and sent an email
The email is sent to an animal rights website that says, "you won.
"But Jentsch has decided to push back.
Jentsch, associate professor of psychology and psychiatry, set up an organization at the University of California, Los Angeles to support research that uses animals in what he calls humane, carefully regulated ways.
He's organizing a pro.
The research campus rally on April 22, which was due to animal rights activists who had arranged their own UCLA protest on the day, claimed that his research involved abuse and unnecessary killing of the primatus.
"People always say, 'don't respond.
This will give [if you respond [the attackers]
Jentsch, 37, said in a recent interview at the University of California, Los Angeles office.
"But being silent doesn't make us feel safer.
Whether you give them credibility or not, it's a pointless question if they come to burn your car.
Jentsch said: "These events have caused trauma to many professors and students on Westwood campus, far beyond the circle of people directly affected. He was not injured in a car fire.
He said the rally was "an attempt to repair some of the trauma that people feel by uniting and sharing experiences.
"Speakers are expected to include pro-
Test, a British group established in 2006 to support animal research.
The researchers said that patients with the disease are also likely to appear, and one day they may be cured by treatment found in these experiments.
The new University of California, Los Angeles organization was named University of California, Los Angeles
Test to honor the British group.
Jentsch says its message is that ending animal research "will have a devastating, absolutely devastating impact on the loss of knowledge and its practical application to human health.
"Holder, he is now leading a similar America. S. -
A Jentsch-based organization called "talking about research" praised Jentsch's efforts.
"I think it's great that scientists finally find their voices and stand up against animal rights extremists," he said in a telephone interview in the UK . ".
Over the past three years, the University of California, Los Angeles, has reported at least 10 arsons, arsons attempted and other vandalism against professors and researchers, as well as many unrealized threats.
On February, four animal activists were arrested on suspicion of involvement in attacks and harassment of animal researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Santa Cruz, California, but according to FBI spokesman Laura Emler, no case has been arrested at the University of California, Los Angeles.
She said the incidents were under investigation as domestic terrorist acts.
In recent years, the University of California system has spent millions of dollars to improve the safety of researchers in their homes, classrooms and offices.
Jentsch declined to take photos of the article for security reasons.
Two days after Jentsch's car was burned, a dirty word-
The Internet information released by the dark Animal Liberation Brigade is believed to be a credit for the fire, just as in the past UCLA attacks.
"You and other people like you are so cruel and disgusting about what feels like, and we can't believe anyone can live with themselves," the News wrote . ".
"David, this is a message to you, and when you least expect it, we will come to you and do more damage to your property than your property.
Jerry frasack from Los Angeles
A frequent spokesman for the regional doctors and animal rights movement said he and other activists were not involved in the attack and did not know who was behind the attack, despite his sympathy for the attack.
According to Vlasak, Jentsch "is hurting and killing Africa
Every day, there are human beings.
If it is necessary to hurt him to stop his torture, it must be morally reasonable.
Vlasak said that Jentsch's new team is a publicity stunt designed to preserve the federal funding of researchers and divert public attention from their own work,
Vlasak and others said they wanted to meet Jentsch in a public debate, but a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said he was only willing to meet people who did not tolerate violence. Elliot M.
San Rafael President Katz-
He said there is a lot already known about addiction treatment, and further animal experiments only help the pharmaceutical industry to develop unnecessary products.
Jentsch said he stopped getting any money from the pharmaceutical industry a few years ago and he responded that the claim was ridiculous because there was no FDA
Approved treatment for meth addiction.
Gene Block, president of the University of California, Los Angeles, a biologist who used mice in his circadian studies, welcomed new relatives
"Faculty and students at the University of California, Los Angeles, refuse to be intimidated by extremists who ignite cars, threaten violence and harass families
"The test campaign not only demonstrates their courage, but also their commitment to public service," he said in a statement . ". Jentsch (
Pronounced "ybench ")
Growing up in Texas, before arriving at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001, he received a bachelor's degree from John Hopkins University and a doctorate from Yale University.
His research was supported by the branches of the National Institutes of Health and received federal examinations and standards, focusing mainly on two areas: possible gene and brain function related to mental Division, and the effects of various drugs on the brain region, which affect the willingness to abstain.
The goal, he said, is to improve opportunities for treatment and early diagnosis.
In the North Carolina State facility shared with Wake Forest University, Jentsch works with a group of more than 450 vervet monkeys, which he calls non-mandatory and painless memory tests, DNA samples and
He says 10 or fewer animals are injected to death each year, so that researchers can perform post-mortem examinations.
In a lab at the University of California, Los Angeles, he took meth for about 24 monkeys and took them out of it;
About six people die each year after death.
He argued that the animals had not suffered any pain at work.
"The pain of addiction is when you lose your relationship, lose your child, lose your job, and when your health drops.
"Animals will not suffer from these things," he said . ".
"They are not suffering from the psychological pain caused by addiction. "larry. gordon@latimes. com--(
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In the past three years, anonymous animal rights activists have claimed responsibility for violence aimed at preventing scientists from using animals in research at the University of California.
These incidents include: June 2006: an explosive device was ignited but failed to be fired at Bell-Air home.
Its goal is clearly a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles.
June 2007: A car parked next to a home on the west side of the University of California, Los Angeles eye doctor and researcher, a burning device was ignited but not lit.
October 2007: The vandal broke a window and flooded the house of a professor studying nicotine addiction at the University of California, Los Angeles, with a garden hose.
The damage was more than $20,000.
February 2008: just four months ago, a burning device damaged the front porch of the same West End residence.
June 2008: a vanpool vehicle at the University of California, Los Angeles, was severely damaged in a fire in Irving's parking lot.
August 2008: two scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, attacked a house and a car in a Molotov at different locations.
Before the fire was put out, the car was destroyed and the house was full of smoke.
One of the scientists, his wife and two young children fled home the next day. story window.
November 2008: A car was destroyed in an arson attack in front of a palm tree and two others were damagedarea house.
An animal rights group claimed to have attacked the home of a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, but police said the target was the wrong house.
March 2009: next to the home of J. , a neurologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, a car was ignited. David Jentsch. --