Lab Wars

Animal rights activists around the country say they are under the microscope of federal grand juries and law enforcement agencies. Officials say they are simply trying to solve six break-ins at universities doing animal research during which laboratory animals were removed and research equipment destroyed. But, “The investigative tactics are represive and go beyond the scope of routine investigations,” says Cres Bellucci of the Activists Legal Defense Project (ALDP). “It seems federal authorities want to pressure activists into abandoning their cause.”