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an enslaved capuchin

Bucky’s Story

Bucky is a capuchin monkey who has remained a captive Vivisector Raymond J. Bergeron since 1999. As the records attached below demonstrate, Bucky’s existence is now one of nightmarish deprivation, self-mutilation, misery and pain. Blood is repeatedly found in his cage, he is self-mutilating, vocalizing, and his hair pulling leaves bald spots. He is agitated and aggressive, exhibiting “stereotypical” pacing, biting of bars, tail holding, as well as scratching around his face and eyes. As of December 31, 2011, it appears that Bucky was still actively being driven insane.

Among the injuries documented are a gash on his left big toe, his left inner thigh was excoriated and bleeding was noted, moist wounds were observed on both knees with significant swelling, and his tail was also found lacerated. The most severe injury Bucky sustained thus far was a deep cut on his leg and knee which required surgery, after which he would open his wounds. Another laceration by his left eye is documented as either another self-mutilation or as being sustained from lab equipment, which would indicate neglect.

Our UF whistleblower offers :

“I’m sure all those injuries were due to thrashing about in his cage – exhibiting rage and hostility. These guys are in prison…”

The guardians of UF’s dungeons are clearly aware of Bucky’s deteriorating mental and physical health as they were monitoring his aggressive behavior toward his fellow inmates. He is so frustrated that he needed to be moved away from the primates at which he had redirected his anger. Rather than release him to a sanctuary, they considered giving him Xanax.

In order to remain in compliance with “strict welfare guidelines” as they inhumanely crush this individual’s spirit and shred his mental health, they must provide “enrichment” to address all of the abnormal behaviors documented. They, therefore, offered him only some ice blocks, half a banana, and interaction twice a day. At one point this additional “therapeutic enrichment” was deemed no longer necessary.

And, inasmuch as they continually note that he is not in pain or is characterized as “BAR” (bright, alert, reactive), we must understand that this is when someone entered the room to interact with him and there is documentation stating that he seemed to like human interaction. His wounds and deteriorating mental health, however, speak for themselves regarding the other 99% of his day.

Ultimately they decided that Bucky is suffering from self-injurious behavior.

The foregoing provides a snapshot of this victim’s life in the UF concentration camp through December 31, 2011. We can safely assume that his torment is continuing unabated as Raymond J. Bergeron continues to profit from Bucky’s demise. We are awaiting further documentation that will indicate to what experiments he may currently be subjected as well as pictures of this capuchin and all of the primates imprisoned at UF.

UF’s Veterinary Records

Bucky 1999 – 2010, Part 1

Bucky 1999 – 2010, Part 2

Bucky – Records Thru 12-31-11, Part 1

Bucky – Records Thru 12-31-11, Part 2

Bucky – Records Thru 12-31-11, Part 3

Florida law has just been redefined to prohibit me from posting public domain information about vivisectors on NIO. Clearly, this is yet another assault on our Fir.st Amendment freedoms and demands a concerted response from this community. I just received UF’s most recent vet records through December 31, 2011 and will begin publishing in the coming weeks. However, since I am in no position to take on any more legal battles at the moment, I am asking all of my comrades to close ranks and disseminate the info about my vivisectors throughout our extended networks. And, well, if it’s harassment and intimidation they’re worried about, that is not our problem. Perhaps they should find a less violent, bloody, and parasitic profession! -Camille

by Nathan Crabbe (Gainesville Sun)

A half-dozen University of Florida employees have been harassed or threatened as a result of their home addresses and other contact information being posted on an animal-rights website, according to university officials, who hope that changes to the state’s stalking law will help address these kind of threats.

Animal rights activist Camille Marino of Wildwood founded the group Negotiation is Over and has used its website in a campaign against researchers who she claims experiment on animals. Marino was arrested at a Gainesville protest in February and extradited to Michigan for violating a court order to remove from the website the personal information of a researcher from that state.

Information on the researcher has been taken down, and Marino has returned to Florida as she awaits a June hearing in the case, but information on the UF researchers remains online. UF Police Chief Linda Stump said those researchers have received death threats and other harassment by email and phone calls at all hours.

“I think they certainly take them seriously,” Stump said of the threats. “We’re going to pursue everything we can under the law to seek legal remedies, and I think the new law coming into effect will help individuals that receive this type of harassment.”

The law, signed last week by Gov. Rick Scott and taking effect Oct. 1, expands the stalking statute to include electronically delivered threats. It establishes cyberstalking as a third-degree felony and allows injunctions of up to 10 years to be issued. The changes are directed at domestic violence and exempt protests, but broaden the definition of what is considered a threat.

Marino said she is simply posting publicly available personal information about researchers online and isn’t responsible for threats to them. But she said that any means are justified in stopping research that she equates to “murdering, terrorizing and abusing” animals.

“If you do things that are abominable and reprehensible, then you deserve to at the very least get death threats,” she said.

Marino’s website includes statements about making researchers understand that their work would result in “a lifetime of grief,” including car bombings, injuries and embarrassing home demonstrations. She started focusing on UF researchers in 2010, posting their home and work addresses, phone numbers and email addresses online.

One activist was charged with trespassing at UF in 2011 for posting signs that offer a reward for information about students who experiment on animals. Marino sued UF for denying a public records request on animal research records, winning a ruling that released some documents but failing to obtain addresses of research locations. The ruling has been appealed.

Group members have expanded their campaign against UF to include emailing alumni and a recent protest at a Gainesville church that faculty and students attend. Stump said university police are in contact with federal authorities and local prosecutors about the group, but must protect the safety of university employees as well as the First Amendment rights of protesters.

“It’s a slippery slope,” she said. “Our intention is to never infringe on somebody’s freedom of speech.”

The First Amendment doesn’t protect true threats, but the new Florida law ventures into an area that has seen conflicting court rulings, said Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at UF. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 2003 case there is no need to prove the intent to carry out a threat in upholding a Virginia cross-burning law.

But Calvert said the lower courts have been split on the issue of whether simply making someone fear harm is protected speech. In the case of the new law, he said, people being targeted must only show a reasonable fear for their safety or others associated with them but nothing having to do with the intent of the person making the threat.

“All that we focus on is going to be the animal researcher and whether it was reasonable for him to fear for his safety and the safety of his family members,” he said.

Marino said it’s not surprising that the law would allow research on animals and also be used to repress her efforts. She said researchers are more responsible for their fears than the rhetoric on the Negotiation is Over website.

“If they’re fearful, perhaps they should change their professions,” she said.