Month: November 2011

Negotiation is Over - Florida

Gary Yourofsky visits UF: “There’s no middle ground”

by Jackie Alexander (Gainesville Sun)

The way to describe livestock raised to produce food for humans is slavery, rape and murder, said longtime animal rights activist Gary Yourofsky.

“I want you to think about if the moment you were born someone had planned the day of your execution,” he said, “because that’s what it’s like to be a cow, turkey or pig on this planet.”

Yourofsky, founder of Animals Deserve Absolute Protection Today and Tomorrow, spoke to Professor Naima Brown’s social problems class at Santa Fe College about living a vegan lifestyle. read more

Prosecutor tries to force activist to sign rights away

by Lisa Grossman

It was a good day in court today for the innocent prisoners in the University of Florida’s animal experimentation labs. I know this because the state attorney’s office (on behalf of UF) not only changed their deal agreement with me after my deciding to do community service for trespassing instead of going to trial, but they suddenly wanted me to agree to their new stipulation of having no further contact with UF! Not no trespassing-no further contact. Just sign here and go away for good? read more

Breaking: UF Tried & FAILED to have Activist’s First Amendment Rights Suspended

by Camille Marino

NIO Florida co-founder, Lisa Grossman, appeared in Alachua Criminal Court this morning to accept a plea agreement of six months probation for violating a trespass order at the University of Florida earlier this year.

UF’s lawyers approached the bench and had the terms of the agreement changed to one full year probation during which time the activist must agree to have absolutely no contact with the university.

Lisa and her lawyer addressed the Court refusing to accept these terms. Grossman spoke articulately citing a lawsuit that NIO filed against UF last month demanding access to public vivisection records that we have been denied now for over a year. Currently, the university is in noncompliance with Florida state law. They are now under a Court order to turn over this information by November 23.* Therefore, we fully expect that within 24 hours, UF will stand in contempt of court in this state as well. Grossman refused to relinquish her First Amendment rights to legally and peacefully address this issue nor was she willing to abandon our anti-vivisection campaign at this institution. read more

Security Management November Highlights Warn of New Animal Rights Threat

Based on a lengthy email exchange with Editor of Homeland Security, Matthew Harwood, several months ago, neither of us is under any illusion that he is anything but an industry-paid hack. “Security Management” exists to advance their clients’ interests. Following is the portion of their November 2011 report discussing the threat posed by NIO. The balance of their propaganda is available below.

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Security Management Highlights November

Listen in as Associate Editor Laura Spadanuta talks with security experts and editors about topics in the November Security Management, including tips for protecting trade secrets, a new animal-rights-group tactic that targets students, court cases on premises liability and the right of two torture whistleblowers to sue former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and lessons from a major cybercrime bust. read more

Animal-rights activist suing UF

Posted by The Daily Commercial (Leesburg)

A Wildwood-based animal-rights activist is suing the University of Florida over primate research records.

Camille Marino, founder of the group Negotiation is Over (NIO), made a request last fall for records on 33 primates at UF research facilities. The university denied the request and Marino sued the university last week in an Alachua County circuit court

“We need to know what’s going on inside their labs,” she told the Gainesville Sun. “They’re not exempt from the law. … What are they hiding?” read more

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