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Animal activists hit wrong address

Los Angeles-based extremists who oppose the use of animals in scientific research destroyed a car, which they thought belonged to a University of California, Los Angeles, biologist linkurl:Goran Lacan.;http://www.directory.ucla.edu/search.php The arson attack, which occurred on November 20th, also badly damaged two nearby cars, but none of the cars belonged to Lacan, according to Los Angeles police. Apparently, an LAPD spokesperson told the linkurl:__Los Angeles Times__,;http://www.latimes.com

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Los Angeles-based extremists who oppose the use of animals in scientific research destroyed a car, which they thought belonged to a University of California, Los Angeles, biologist linkurl:Goran Lacan.;http://www.directory.ucla.edu/search.php The arson attack, which occurred on November 20th, also badly damaged two nearby cars, but none of the cars belonged to Lacan, according to Los Angeles police. Apparently, an LAPD spokesperson told the linkurl:__Los Angeles Times__,;http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-animal-arson29-2008nov29,0,3282650.story the arsonists got Lacan's address wrong and torched a neighbor's car. Animal rights group Students and Workers for the Liberation of UCLA Primates claimed responsibility for the attack on its website, stating that activists "placed an incendiary device beneath an automobile belonging to primate vivisector Goran Lacan," adding that the home that was attacked indeed belonged to Lacan. According to linkurl:UCLA's website,;http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/chancellor-condemns-new-acts-of-72210.aspx Lacan studied "treatments and cures for morbid obesity and other eating disorders" in non-human primates four years ago. UCLA chancellor Gene Block condemned...

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