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FOUNDATION FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH SAYS INDICTMENT MAY HELP STEM VIOLENCE AGAINST RESEARCHERS

 WASHINGTON, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A federal grand jury's indictment of an animal rights activist charged with a 1992 raid on Michigan State University laboratories is reassuring to medical researchers who have been under attack, according to Frankie L. Trull, president of the Foundation for Biomedical Research, and may help stem the violence. During the past 12 years, animal rights activists have committed more than 110 acts of violence and intimidation, primarily targeted against biomedical researchers and institutions. Now, in an effort to protect researchers, law enforcement agencies and legislators on national and local levels are fighting back against these acts of terrorism that have led to a climate of fear among those who do animal research.
 -- Today in East Lansing, Mich., a federal grand jury indicted animal rights activist Rodney Coronado for a 1992 raid on Michigan State University laboratories that resulted in an estimated $125,000 in damage to two buildings. In that raid, a fire was set in a professor's office, destroying 30 years of work.
 -- An ordinance prohibiting demonstrations outside of private homes is currently being debated in Maryland's Montgomery County. The proposed ordinance follows a series of incidents, including one on July 6 when four packages, each containing a brick, a rubber rat with red paint on its head, a slipper resembling an animal paw and a threatening note, were lest outside of local researchers' homes.
 -- Both follow the enactment of federal legislation that gives protection to animal research facilities.
 "It's time to put an end to the violence and fear that has plagued the research community," said Trull. "Hopefully, the grand jury's action will send a signal that intimidation tactics will not be tolerated."
 Trull has been the president of FBR since 1981. The Foundation, which is chaired by Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., was formed to educate the public on the proper use of animals in biomedical research and testing. Ms. Trull, who has testified before Congress on the subject of violence against researchers, is available for comment on the impact of these recent events as are individuals who have been targets of animal rights actions. In addition, a summary of violent acts against researchers and institutions is available.
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