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Media Coverage

Marchers Protest Animal Testing

By Julia Erlandson
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Bill Dyer, the Southern California regional director of In Defense of Animals, sits in front of the Office of the Chancellor on Monday morning during a protest for animal rights.

A group of animal rights activists marched through the UCLA campus Monday, stopping at research labs and the chancellor's office to protest the animal research occurring on campus, alleging that it is conducted in an inhumane manner.

The march, which consisted of about 15 protestors, coincided with the annual National Primate Liberation Week.

University spokeswoman Judy Lin said similar marches are held every year. But this year, the protestors received a short meeting with the vice chancellor for research, Roberto Peccei.

University officials maintain all animal testing on campus is humane and conducted in accordance with animal rights laws.

Marchers carrying signs depicting lab animals, emblazoned with anti- experimentation slogans, walked from the corner of Westwood Boulevard and Lindbrook Avenue through parts of South Campus, stopping briefly at some research buildings.

They were followed by a handful of police officers, some on bicycles and some in police cruisers.

"Hey, UCLA, what do you say? How many animals did you kill today?"
marchers chanted through bullhorns.

The march proceeded up Bruin Walk through crowds of students, ending in Murphy Hall.

The protestors sat down in front of the chancellor's office, refusing to leave until they were granted a meeting with acting chancellor Norman Abrams.

Instead, UCLA officials offered the protestors a meeting with Peccei.

Chris DeRose, the president of Last Chance for Animals and one of the marchers, met with Peccei on behalf of the group.

After the meeting, he said Peccei had asked the protestors to denounce the more violent activities of some other animal rights groups, and that in return the university would consider holding more meetings with activists.

But DeRose said he had refused to denounce those activities.

"If you're going to be labeled a terrorist, you may as well do it for the right reasons," he said.

Lin said a number of similar protests have been held recently, including a march on the chancellor's home on Sunday.

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