Animal Rights Activists Threaten UCLA’s David Jentsch

It’s been almost two years, but I wrote on this previously: “J. David Jentsch Stands Up to Animal Rights Extremists.”

I’m not surprised, but things have gotten worse. At LAT, “Attacks Won’t Deter Researcher“:

When UCLA neuroscientist J. David Jentsch was a grad student, he never expected his life as an academic would require around-the-clock armed guards, or a closed-circuit TV inside his bedroom so he could keep constant watch over his home.

But the high-powered security proved necessary again this month when the researcher, who experiments on monkeys, opened a letter left in his mailbox to discover razor blades and a death threat.

“We follow you on campus,” Jentsch recalled the note reading. “One day, when you’re walking by, we’ll come up behind you, and cut your throat.”

Activists claimed the razors were tainted with AIDS, though it hasn’t been confirmed by officials. University officials have said the latest threat, confirmed by UCLA on Tuesday, is under investigation by the FBI and UCLA police.

But the 38-year-old professor has been through this before. Last year, he woke up to an orange flash and a car alarm. He ran outside to find his car had been blown up.

Twice a month, animal rights activists in ski masks gather outside his home, chanting “murder.” On Halloween, neighborhood trick-or-treaters were handed flyers with images of bloodied animal subjects.

“If you go to the house down the street, there’s a monster who lives there,” children were told.

The tactics, Jentsch said in an interview inside his office, are part of an intensifying effort by extremists to halt animal research at the university. Molotov-cocktail-like devices have been left near researchers’ homes and under their cars, and in one case, a professor’s window was smashed and a garden hose inserted to flood her home.

Some of Jentsch’s colleagues have opted to alter their research, or move, but the neuroscientist says the latest incident has motivated him to press on.

“They’re absolutely determined. This is not a joke to them,” he said. “But this is the work I feel morally obligated to do.”

This is left-wing terrorism, and right here at home. Just one more sign of the true evil of left-wing ideologies.

God bless J.David Jentsch.

RELATED: “UCLA researcher receives threatening package; animal activists said to claim responsibility.”

Cross-posted from American Power.

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