Abel broke the news on Scienceblogs, where he’s been following the events at UCLA for a while now, and Orac has the details on why it matters. UCLA has taken the initiative to protect its researchers and hopefully kicked off a nationwide– or maybe even global– campaign to protect scientists and the public from the idiocy of animal rights extremists. Consider this a legal “counter offensive” on behalf of academia, if you will.
Personally, I’m happy as a pig in it’s own feces. It’s time somebody stood up to these so-called animal rights activists who can’t seem to comprehend that people are animals, and doing stupid shit like setting fire to houses and labs not only makes these activists a bunch of hypocrites, but also endangers everyday nonscience folks. So does threatening people with pipe bombs, dousing their labs in acid, sending them arsenic-tainted razor blades in the mail, or envelopes of suspicious powder. These are all things that have happened to my colleagues, over and above the nuisances like picketing at their homes and labs, overt threats, or flooding their basements.
It ain’t rocket surgery. It’s called collateral damage. If you’re dumb enough to think that you’ll change people’s minds by accidentally poisoning their mailman, just remember where the term “going postal” came from. Then start watching your own back around bell towers, because sometimes irony just isn’t subtle.