Friday, February 11, 2005

Animal rights group denounces U of Iowa research

Animal rights group denounces UI research

A Cincinnati-based animal rights organization attacked the University of Iowa’s use of animal

research Thursday, saying UI officials conduct the research for grant money and not for knowledge.

Leading the effort for Stop Animal Exploitation Now was Leana Stormont, the organization’s Midwest coordinator and a third-year UI law student.

Stormont, who conducted the news conference in front of Spence Laboratories, said SAEN is not connected to the Animal Liberation Front, a decentralized worldwide animal rights group.

ALF vandalized Spence Labs and Seashore Hall in Nov. 2004, removing animals, spilling chemicals and damaging computers. ALF claimed responsibility for destroying the research of targeted psychology department members in an e-mail sent to media Nov. 18.

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