Animal rights group targets another OHSU scientist

Animal rights group targets another OHSU scientist
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Another Oregon Health & Science University scientist has reported a vandalism attack by the Animal Liberation Front.

Dr. Miles Novy, who participates in clinical research on animals as well as medical care of patients, woke up Thursday morning and discovered the word "sadist" spray-painted on one of his cars, and another painted with the letters "A.L.F," the abbreviation for the Animal Liberation Front.
    
 An ALF spokesman, Jerry Vlasak, said no one has reported the incident as being done in the name of the group. The animal rights organization opposes research being done at OHSU's National Primate Research Center, which it says is cruel and inhumane.
     
It was the second time an OHSU scientist's home has been targeted by animal-rights activists in the past few months.
     
The home and car of Dr. Eliot Spindel were vandalized in late July. The words "ALF Eyes on You" were painted on the researcher's garage door. An anonymous message threatening to firebomb the scientist's home was latter issued.
     
OHSU says the latest attack follows three years of harassment at OHSU scientists' homes by masked protesters who are known to scream "We know where you sleep at night".
     
Dr. Michael Conn, associate director of OHSU's Oregon National Primate Research Center said OHSU scientists will "not be deterred by these cowardly attacks that take place in the dark of night and are aimed at frightening scientists, their families and their neighbors."
     
"We wholeheartedly support the right of activists to protest peacefully and lobby lawmakers when they have concerns," Conn said in a statement. "However, fear tactics, stalking and targeting families have no place here."
     
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