“In October 2010, the University of Florida refused to comply with my open records request for veterinary records on 33 non-human primates. They remained in non-compliance with Florida statutes for 18 months until I won my lawsuit, Camille Marino v. University of Florida, on December 30, 2011. On January 5, 2012, I received thousands of papers documenting cruel and barbaric experiments to which, funded by taxpayers, the university has been subjecting monkeys for decades. Their response was to arrange for me to be extradited out of the state and warehoused in a jail cell. The documents I received, however, were redacted to obscure the physical locations of the labs. An appeal was filed to demand full disclosure of this public information. Represented by attorney Marcy I. LaHart, I won my second legal victory against UF on February 26, 2013 from my jail cell. The fact that it has taken a total of 28 months and two lawsuits to compel some degree of transparency should speak for itself.” -Camille Marino
by Joey Flechas (The Gainesville Sun)
The University of Florida has to release the locations of its animal research labs after a court battle with animal rights activist Camille Marino ended with an appeals court ruling that the locations are public record.
Today marks four years since Gary Yourofsky’s “Best Speech You Will Ever Hear” was uploaded on Youtube and it has been declared “International Gary Yourofsky Speech Day.”
And to everyone who will take this opportunity to republish this speech, Gary adds his own thoughts:
Editorial Note: Days ago, we published the story of Italian Animal Liberation activist Davide Battistini who is now in the 48th day of a history-shaping hunger strike. He has gained global attention for the dogs forced to live on chains like lawn ornaments in his state. Yet there is a media blackout on his efforts in the Italian media. NIO encourages every single activist that can bring media attention to this struggle from around the world to support Davide and do so now…
A letter from Davide Battistini:
Jonathan Pieslak Interviews Walter Bond about Vegan Straight Edge, Hardline, the ALF and the Movement
Source: Support Walter
Jonathan Pieslak: I’m curious as how you first became interested in radical environmentalism and Animal Liberation. Could you describe what attracted you to the movement and how you became involved? Also, could you describe your musical background? How would you describe the role of music in your life before and during your time as an activist?
Walter Bond: I first became interested in Animal Liberation and Veganism when I was 19 years old. Starting in the summer of 1995 I began working for a company in the Midwest by the name of ‘Dakota Mechanical’. I worked on the construction of two slaughterhouses, one in Perry Iowa and one in Logansport Indiana. Both were IBP pork production facilities. The horrors I witnessed there had a profound effect on me. If you would like, I wrote two articles about my experiences working there. They are entitled ‘Why I Am Vegan’ and ‘Slaughterhouse Blues’. You can read them both and many of my other writings at www.supportwalter.org. They are also in my book ‘Always Looking Forward’ along with a few articles about the importance of the Straight Edge music scene and my connection to it. There is also a song and video about my first prison sentence in 1997 of arson for burning down a drug kingpin’s meth operation. The song is ‘to Ashes’ by the band ‘Earth Crisis’.
Earlier this year, PETA India contacted Air India to urge the company to stop transporting animals to laboratories to be used in experiments. After a face-to-face meeting, Air India told us in writing that it would refuse requests to transport animals to laboratories. But now, because of pressure from animal experimenters, Air India has backtracked on the ban and resumed shipping animals for use in cruel laboratory experiments.
The University of Florida is consulting with Information Technology professionals to shore up their “pain points” or vulnerabilities in their computer systems. In this case, they are having difficulty controlling incoming emails. It appears that they are concerned about emails coming from outside sources from which that they want to shield their faculty, administration, and students.
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In the summer of 2012, the University City Church of Christ in Gainseville was given the option of taking an active stand against taxpayer-funded animal abuse or, by virtue of their silence, giving their tacit approval to UF’s unconscionable crimes against God’s creations. Their silence over the last 18 months has rendered them a legitimate target and Eleventh Hour’s initiative to Free the UF Monkeys is continuing where it left off.
History Unfolding: Italian Activist, Davide Battistini, on 44th day of Hunger Strike to Free Chained Dogs
Davide Battisini is an activist in Italy who is in the 44th day of a hunger strike to compel the state to not allow dogs to be forced to live like lawn ornaments on chains.
In order to keep their $400 million annual taxpayer-funded animal torture industry generating profits, UF has demonstrated that there are no depths to which they will not sink to keep their atrocities hidden from the public.
Source: Dr. Barry D. Friedman, University of North Georgia
Original Title: “University of Florida: Criminalizing Transparency”
(Compiled from news sources and government documents — November 15, 2013)
In the summer of 2010, activists discovered that University of Florida researcher Mingzhou Ding was receiving taxpayer-funded annuities totaling millions of dollars from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to perform brain mapping experiments on monkeysi. Brain mapping is a singularly barbaric exercise in which the skull cap is sawed off to expose the brain. The conscious animal is then restrained in a chair, sometimes bolted into place with screws that secure the skull to a metal rod to prevent all movement while pain, blindness, or any of a spectrum of tortures is visited upon the subject. The animal is regularly deprived of food and water because starvation and dehydration induce compliance in the desperate monkey. Electrodes are attached to the brain throughout the animal’s ordeal to measure responses to offending stimuli.
The University of Florida is going for an all-out media blackout to keep their crimes hidden from the community in Gainesville.
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