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?”
Marino has called the university “a beacon of institutional animal torture.”
“It is clear to me that animal liberation demands that we subvert and undermine the foundation upon which animal abuse rests in universities,” she told the website letthemeatmeat.com. “That means bio-med students need to be dealt with now before they become fully-entrenched professional sadists.”
According to its own website, NIO strives to be an instrument of defiance, disruption, disobedience, subversion, creative and aggressive grassroots action, and a catalyst for revolutionary change. NIO’s belief is that “Total liberation — human animals, nonhuman animals, and the earth — will not happen by politely asking abusers to be decent.”
UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes said the university has not been served a copy of the lawsuit and would respond appropriately when it was.