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2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, May 3, 1995
Marchers protest treatment of animals at 'U'

By Spencer Dickinson These two local animal rights activ-
Daily Staff Reporter ists were joined by more than 40 people
A woman in a monkey mask walked from as far as Traverse City and Toledo
the streets of Ann Arbor last Saturday, to protest the research that has earned the
writhing in pantomimed pain as a man in University a spot on the national animal
a white coat "injected"her over and over rights group In Defense of Animals'
with a giant plastic syringe. most wanted list.
The monkey was played by Sara The University joined Harvard, Johns
Hill, while Brian Harris portrayed the re- Hopkins, New York University, and other
searcher in a display designed to draw major universities on the list, mainly for
attention to what they call "the Univer- its current projects on drug addiction re-
sity of Michigan's indefensible treatment search. "(The University researchers) are
of laboratory animals." using animals for addiction research in
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cruel and inhumane ways," asserted
Michael Chiado, a member ofIn Defense
of Animals. "Obviously there have been
some benefits to animal research, but ad-
dicting monkeys to opium and then kill-
ing them doesn't make sense."
The protesters marched from down-
town Ann Arbor through the University's
central campus, and finally staged a pro-
test at President James J. Duderstadt's
South University Avenue home.
The procession then returned back
through town, leaving activists on major
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street corners to distribute literature on
animal research.
The protest was generally low-key
and unobtrusive, as most marchers
handed out literature and carried signs.
Though a few chanted slogans, most
were careful not to obstruct traffic or
cause a disturbance.
"They should be louder. They're not
getting noticed, so they should make
more noise." said Jeff Kurson, an LSA
Chiado said the march was intended
simply to be visible, not to be a nuisance.
"The main goal," he said, "is to pass out
these 2,000 fliers."
Though the protest was part of World
Laboratory Animal Liberation Week, no
efforts were made by the marchers to free
any of the thousands of animals kept in the
University's 350 animal testing rooms.

Howard G. Rush, the assistant dir
tor of the University laboratory medicint
unit said the organization had a "politica
agenda - to stop all animal research. We
take very good care of these animals."
Eliav Barr, a University of Chicago
research scientist in town for his sister'
graduationcalled the protest "misguided.
"When their children are sick ant
need care, where will (the protesters) be
Doctors are working on real diseases ant
finding real cures with this important 4
search," Barr said.
Nevertheless, Chris and Bot
Anderlik, two retired school teachers
got up at 5 a.m. to drive the 280 mile
from Traverse City to protest th
University's practices.
"We believe strongly that doing re
search on animals is wrong and doesn'
help anyone," Chris said.

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By Amy Klein
Daily News Editor
Chanting "fuck the code" and wav-
ing banners, approximately 150 students
marched from the Diag to the Fleming
Administration Building, protesting the
code of non-academic conduct before
the April 20 Board of Regents meeting.
At the conclusion of the march, in-
cited studentspoured into the lobby of
the Fleming Building, demanding to
speak with a member of the board.
following day on adopting a permanent
version of the Statementof Student Rights
and Responsibilities, the University'scode
of non-academic conduct.
Students Against the Code, a coali-
tion of several student groups on cam-
pus, organized the rally on the Diag at
noon. Jonathan Rose, an Ann Arbor Ten-
ants' Union attorney, spoke at the rally,
denouncing the "evil" of the code.
"(The code) tempts a paternalistic
hand. A cursory reading reveals a
friendly face, but a closer one reveals a

malignant one," Rose said.
Immediately following the rally, th
protesters marched through campus
moving from the Diag down North Uni
versity, and then walking back towar'
campus on South University.
Police cars and sirens followed
marchers, keeping them on the sidewalk
Many who attended said they wer
excitedwiththe surgeofstudentactivisr
"Students are beginning to show
bit of a backbone after not doing any
thing for a long time," said Vince
Keenan, the former chair of the Michi
gan Student Assembly Students' Right
Outside the Fleming Building, sL.
dents voiced their objections to the
cent code amendments, claiming the pro
posed changes would not provide du
process and infringed on student rights.
"Suddenly you can'tbe doing any o
the things you want to be doing anymore
It's very scary when your civil right
start getting taken away," said Danie
Abrams, an LSA senior.

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