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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Animal Rights Protesters Arrested in Salt Lake City

Three protesters were arrested in Salt Lake City for violating a new ordinance that requires that they maintain a distance of 100 feet from residences.

They gathered in the middle of the night on a residential street, their faces covered with bandannas, holding candles and chanting slogans against what they believe is unnecessary abuse of primates in the name of science.
A series of protests Sunday outside a University of Utah researcher's home resulted in the first arrests under a new Salt Lake City ordinance requiring picketers to remain at least 100 feet from a residence.
Salt Lake City police booked into jail three animal-rights activists who were quickly released on their own recognizance.
The targeted scientist, whose research uses monkeys to study the way the brain receives stimuli from the eye, declined to be interviewed. U. administrators, however, denounced the demonstrations as intimidation.
A group called the Primate Freedom Project has singled out for pickets at least four U. scientists, providing photos and addresses on its Web site. The group did not organize Sunday's protests, which likely spun off from a conference the group held last weekend, spokesman Jeremy Beckham said.

Thius is the group doing the picketing.

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