Month: January 2012

Negotiation is Over - Florida

Jan. 2 Gator Bowl Report – Alumni Party, London

by NIO UK

Last week the London Alumni advised their members to drop their colors on Gator Bowl Monday.

When activists arrived to protest the London Gator Club yesterday, it appears that Jetlag Bar — which never renounced their association with UF Alumni — had cancelled their Gator Bowl event.

As NIO activists were peacefully dispersing to go home, they report observing several acts of sabotage including ketchup being thrown on the doors of the Jetlag saloon, toilets being overflowed at a nearby McDonald’s, and the locks of fur stores being glued and jammed. read more

Jan. 2 Gator Bowl Report – Alumni Party, South Florida

Channel 5 News Covered Alumni Party at Roxy's

by NIO Florida

Five activists were present to intercept UF alumni and friends as they gathered to watch the Gator Bowl at Roxy’s Sports Bar in West Palm Beach.  In an interview with Channel 5 News, we explained about the torture to which primates are subjected in the university’s vivisection labs. We urged alumni and friends, and the viewing public by extension, to withdraw their support of UF until they release the monkeys and adopt a progressive and compassionate research policy.

Group leader, Bandit, and his humans at Monday's action

Among the highlights of Gator Bowl South Florida, we spoke to a member of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association. He knew exactly who we were and why we were there. He did not seem exceedingly pleased to meet us in person. One female activist entered the bar to pass out our information and wound up leafleting a man in the men’s room! read more

First Victory of 2012: NIO Wins Lawsuit Against the University of Florida

by Camille Marino

The University of Florida has refused to disclose public records documenting their experiments on primates since our request was initiated in October 2010. In response to a subsequent formal lawsuit that we filed, on Decmber 30, 2011, the Court ruled that the university must hand over the records to us by 4:22 pm on January 3, 2012.

This is our first small, but very significant, victory of the new year….

Our attorney, Marcy I. LaHart, submitted a cohesive argument citing the Florida statutes in which “public records” and exemptions are defined as well as presenting case law and precedents supporting our position. Having failed to comply with the “sunshine laws” governing our request for over a year, counsel representing UF, Courtney Grimm was unable to offer any relevant defense of the university’s noncompliance. Rather, she attempted to put NIO Florida activists on trial. She cited injunctions against me, trespass violations against Lisa Grossman and me, threats that were never made, arrests that never happened…. She continued to build her case by offering

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