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UCLA research gets judge's support

May 28, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Santa Monica judge has issued a permanent injunction to protect UCLA researchers from animal-rights activists.In his ruling Wednesday, Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Terry Friedman said activists have harassed researchers and intentionally inflicted emotional distress.

UCLA says its researchers have been the targets of stalking, threats, and arson attacks.

University officials say some activists have even held demonstrations at private homes, occasionally banging on doors and windows in the middle of the night.

According to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, the university maintains strong monitoring on its research involving animals. Block says the university's research seeks to discover treatments for a number of diseases and medical conditions.

City News Service and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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