Marino v. University of Florida

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Gemini, holocaust number 11F22, is a female beagle/maltese that was born into slavery inside UF on June 15, 2011. At her birth, her vet records indicate she was strong and healthy. At the direction of vivisector Thomas J. Conlon, Gemini began being drugged as a puppy to induce Glycogen Storage Disease which, according to their own protocol, causes “enlarged livers” and “severe kidney complications,” and “seizures and even death.”

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Last week Eleventh Hour for Animals introduced “Booger,” a victim inside the University of Florida who was contaminated with German Measles from the day he was purchased from the now-defunct Primate Products in Miami. Never treated for this condition, he has steadily deteriorated, exhibiting increasing indications that he is descending into madness, his body compromised by repeatedly being force-fed poisons at the direction of Raymond J. Bergeron for over a decade, and, recently, he began throwing his own feces at his tormenters in a feeble attempt to fight back. In January, he was just approved for another 3 years of torture that will turn Bergeron’s pockets crimson red with the blood of this pitiful victim. The following complaint has just been filed with the USDA for 6 counts of federal violations and to demand that the primate torture industry inside UF be shut down permanently for the reasons enumerated below. Continue Reading

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image obtained through court decision in Camille Marino v. The University of Florida, Dec. 30, 2011

by Camille A. Marino

Almost every single time I learn something new, it only serves to highlight how much more I still have to learn. This is especially true when it comes to the obscured and intentionally-convoluted animal torture industry inside the University of Florida for which taxpayers award them approximately $400 million annually.

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Eleventh Hour  filed a federal complaint citing systemic incompetence among the “medical researchers” abusing primates inside the University of Florida days ago on December 24. On the heels of that indictment from activists, we filed a third lawsuit in the courts against the University of Florida for suppressing public records documenting the extent of their taxpayer-funded atrocities.

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Inside UF at Dec 31, 2011 - set 216

Will these repugnant sadists be smiling now that we’re watching…

By Camille Marino
Dickerson Detention Facility
February 27, 2013

In October 2010, my open records request to the University of Florida for veterinary records on 33 captive non-human primates was denied.  UF remained in non-compliance with Florida statutes for 18 months until I won my lawsuit against them on December 30, 2011.

Within days, I received thousands of papers documenting cruel and barbaric experiments to which, funded by taxpayers, the university has been subjecting monkeys for decades. However, the documents I received were redacted to obscure the physical locations in which the animals were imprisoned and tortured.  An appeal was filed to demand full disclosure of this public information.

Represented by attorney Marcy I. LaHart, I won my second legal victory against UF yesterday.  Three judges unanimously decided that the redactions were illegal.  A request for the location of the primates was filed with UF within hours of the decision.  We are urging every university campaign to follow suit and keep pushing forward before statutes are re-written across the country.

After winning my first lawsuit against UF on December 30, 2011, I was arrested at an anti-vivisection demo on February 4, 2012.  It was blatantly obvious that the vivisection complex orchestrated my arrest and subsequent extradition to Michigan to silence me.  And yesterday, February 26, 2013, I secured my second win.  I will be released from jail in Michigan in 10 days and will be back home in Florida in less than two weeks.  It appears I’ve just about come full circle.

There are few things more vindicating than declaring victory against your enemy when they have you locked in a concrete cell.  But that’s just my ego talking.  The only relevant fact here is that we just shattered yet one more wall behind which vivisectors terrorize and torture their victims to death in peace and anonymity.

Their crimes cannot withstand the light of day and I remain convinced that exposure is the single-most damaging weapon activists possess.

We’re breaking our hunger strike today in celebration.  I don’t know whether we inspired any action in the outside world or if anyone even noticed, but we’ve made some amazing steps forward in here.  We formed alliances with several anonymous jail officials, retired school teachers, activists and inmates across the board.  And I’ve clearly constructed a persuasive thesis that identifies the vivisection industry in universities as our common enemy.  Aside from getting over my paralyzing fear of public speaking, I’m most proud of one of my newest vegan activists who introduced “Vegan Christianity” into the jailhouse culture.  As an antitheist myself, I have no use for religion outside.  But behind bars, the God opiate is pervasive and I’m hopeful that this new form of activism will follow her to federal prison.

As of this date, all of my outstanding legal issues have been resolved and I am free to return home when I’m released on March 9.

But I’m fully aware that as I evolve and continue to fight back with everything I’m made of, the enemies will continue to come at me even harder.  Torturing the innocent to death is how they make their money.  My job is to stop them.  Neither of us is likely to give up easily.

Animal Liberation will be achieved when the detriments of animal abuse outweigh the benefits.

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Image from inside UF awarded by court after first legal victory on Dec. 30, 2011

Image from inside UF awarded by court after first legal victory on Dec. 30, 2011

In October 2010, the University of Florida refused to comply with my oen records request for veterinary records on 33 non-human primates.  They remained in non-compliance with Florida statutes for 18 months until I won my lawsuit, Camille Marino v. University of Florida, on December 30, 2011. On January 5, 2012, I received thousands of papers documenting cruel and barbaric experiments to which, funded by taxpayers, the university has been subjecting monkeys for decades. However, the documents I received were redacted to obscure the physical locations of the labs. An appeal was filed to demand full disclosure of this public information. Represented by attorney Marcy I. LaHart, I won my second legal victory against UF on February 26, 2013.  This site is now devoted to exposing for taxpayers exactly how their hard-earned money — approximately $450 million annually — is being used to gratuitously brutalize animals. This is an industry that exists to make money, it has nothing to do with science. The fact that it has taken a total of 28 months and two lawsuits to compel some degree of transparency speaks for itself.

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image taken by uf vivisectors; released as of december 31, 2011 (courtesy of nio florida)

by Nathan Crabbe (Gainesville Sun)

After winning one legal battle with the University of Florida over public records, animal rights activist Camille Marino is now fighting to find out the location of animal research labs — information that she insists won’t put researchers in danger.

Her assertion is at odds with sometimes violent rhetoric on the website of the group she founded, Negotiation is Over, including statements that led to felony charges against her in Michigan.

UF researcher Raymond Bergeron also accuses Marino of threatening to burn down his Gainesville home, an allegation that is being investigated for possible local charges.

Negotiation is Over held protests last weekend at Bergeron’s home and at the University City Church of Christ in Gainesville, a church that has no discernible connection to animal research. Marino, a Wildwood resident, denies issuing the threat against Bergeron but makes no apologies for using in-your-face tactics to protest research that she equates with torture of animals.

“Our tax dollars pay for this and our silence allows it to happen,” she said.

Her Gainesville attorney, Marcy LaHart, filed a brief Monday in the First District Court of Appeal to seek the location of research labs. A circuit court judge had denied the request based on a public-records exemption for security system plans, while granting access to other records on primates involved in research.

LaHart said the law was “stretched beyond any reasonable interpretation” to allow the locations to be withheld. UF Deputy Chief of Police Darren Baxley said that keeping information on university facilities and their capabilities from public view helps deter crimes from being committed.

The department must balance protecting UF students and employees with respecting First Amendment rights, he said, but Marino’s tactics seem to go beyond free speech.

“She relishes putting researchers and their families in a state of fear,” he said. “We don’t approve of those tactics and we think that may cross the line from protected speech to possibly committing a crime.”

The group’s tactics have included trying to publicly identify students involved in animal research and pressuring alumni and donors to speak against such research. Marino said gory pictures that she obtained of UF animals involved in research, recently posted on the Negotiation is Over website, add credence to her claims that animal research is torture.

She’s posted personal information online about a half-dozen UF employees that she claims are connected to such research, which university officials say has led to harassment and threats. UF successfully pushed the Legislature to expand the state’s stalking law to include electronically delivered threats, a change taking effect in October, to address the issue.

Marino said she’s never done anything violent and said charges being pursued against her are a “desperate attempt” to silence her.

She is scheduled to appear Friday in a Michigan courtroom in a case involving posting personal information about a Wayne State University researcher and statements that she hoped he would “die a slow painful death.” She’s trying to get charges of aggravated stalking and unlawful posting of messages online, both five-year felonies, and trespassing dismissed on free-speech grounds.

 

In Bergeron’s case, he filed complaints in February against Marino and another Negotiation is Over member, accusing them of felony intimidation. He alleges that a threat to burn down his home was followed by a statement questioning whether his house was “still standing.”

The State Attorney’s Office continues to investigate for possible charges. Marino’s house was raided last month by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and computer equipment seized in connection to the case.

Negotiation is Over’s website has targeted Bergeron, a UF College of Pharmacy professor, for animals used in research that includes looking into the causes of and drugs that treat diseases such as a rare anemia disease in children. After this weekend’s protests at Bergeron’s home, Marino posted a message on Facebook saying that activists were “setting up camp” for three days and intended to follow Bergeron everywhere he went.

She said Monday that may have happened but declined additional comment.

“I don’t want any stalking charges,” she said.

Group members also protested Sunday at the University City Church of Christ. Rich Howell, senior minister of the church, sent an email to Marino in which he said that she was “barking up the wrong tree” in protesting there.

“I know you care deeply for the animals you are trying to protect, but we are not involved or responsible for any such actions,” he wrote.

Marino said the church is part of the community and should take a stand against animal research.

“They’ve got the right to know what their taxes are being spent on and they’ve got an obligation as community members to protest what’s going on,” she said.

Contact staff reporter Nathan Crabbe at 338-3176 or nathan.crabbe@gvillesun.com. For more stories on the University of Florida, visit www.thecampussun.com.

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Image taken by University of Florida vivisectors of mutilation to an imprisoned monkey’s testicles.

by Camille Marino

On December 30, 2011, I won a lawsuit against the University of Florida in which the Eighth Circuit Court ordered them to turn over their veterinary records to me. The ruling fell short, however, of ordering UF to disclose the location of their imprisoned monkeys.

While I am back in court in Detroit this Friday to argue the constitutionality of the 10 years of felony charges against me for what amounts to “criminal journalism,” I fully intend to use every available legal remedy to expose the real criminals and terrorists that comprise the vivisection complex. We just filed our brief to compel UF to disclose the location in the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Alachua to compel UF to disclose the physical location of their primates.

I intend to set a precendent in this movement to counter the assault on our freedoms. We can penetrate universities legally and get the documentation and pictures of their crimes, the public registries of their donors, and now I want the location of their prisoners. I hope every university campaign will follow suit and take a sledgehammer to the wall of secrecy.

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