Animal Liberation Front claims action against UCLA

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The UCLA Daily Bruin is reporting that university police are investigating a claim that animal rights activists placed unfired shotgun shells in the mufflers of several UCLA commuter vans. Here are some of the details:

The North American Animal Liberation Press Office posted separate claims by the Animal Liberation Front on Oct. 6 and Oct. 17 on its Web site announcing action taken against UCLA, according to a UCLA statement. “There were two separate releases that the (Animal Liberation Front) distributed based on these anonymous communiques that claimed that shotgun shells had been inserted,” said Phil Hampton, a university spokesman. “The police department has looked into it and found no evidence to support the claims.” The Animal Liberation Front is an animal rights group that takes “direct action against animal abuses ... usually through the damage and destruction of property,” according to its Web site. Animal rights activists claimed to have placed the shotgun shells into the tailpipes of commuter vans as part of a continuing campaign against animal experimenters, according to an Animal Liberation Front statement.