California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a state linkurl:bill; Sunday (Sept. 28) that aims to protect academic researchers - especially linkurl:those who use animals in their studies -; from the types of attacks that animal rights groups have employed in the state recently. The linkurl:law,; called the Researcher Protection Act of 2008, makes it illegal for protesters to publish the names, addresses, photographs, or other identifying information of university researchers or their immediate families in California with the intent to aid in or commit a crime against them. The bill, authored by State Assemblyman linkurl:Gene Mullin; (D-South San Francisco), was crafted in response to attacks against researchers in the state, including scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, whose personal information was linkurl:printed on pamphlets; and left at a coffee shop in the seaside town. Some of those researchers' homes were later linkurl:firebombed; in what appeared to be the work...

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