Ernest Dempsey — The arrest of two animal rights activists by police in Gainesville, Florida, appears to have a disturbingly suspicious connection with the abuse of animals in educational institutions. Even the role of the law enforcement authorities is coming into question here.
The two activists, named Camille Marino and Lisa Grossman, were arrested on Saturday, 4th February, at the time of a peaceful protest just beginning at the University of Florida and targeting a major alumni event. The activists were arrested for different reasons—Grossman for allegedly carrying an expired driver’s license, even though she was not driving, and Marino on an old, misdemeanor count from Michigan.
However, Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN), national research watchdog group, believes the arrests are a well thought out move to suppress the activists’ voice in order to cover up federal lawbreakers at the University of Florida. Michael A. Budkie, Executive Director SAEN, thinks the arrests are particularly meant to stop Camille Marino from pursuing her investigation into abuse of primates in the labs at the University of Florida.
Camille Marino has so far provided us with the records of several primates from within UF labs. At least one of them discloses potentially serious violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act,” said Michael Budkie.
Not only is the reported abuse of primates at the University of Florida regrettable, but the planned arrest of the activists right at the time of an important protest points to the coordinated link between educational institutions and law enforcement such that alleged abusers manage to use law for their protection and those raising a voice against animal abuse are intercepted with legal barricades. But will that be it?
Not really! It turns out that SAEN means to file an official complaint against the University of Florida in the next several days because of the available information of animal abuse at the university. A Facebook page has been created in support of Camille Marino and though she may not be available for some time to pursue her investigation of animal abuse at the University of Florida but now they have SAEN to deal with.