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By Tim Sandle     Apr 27, 2013 in Environment
An animal research facility at the University of Milan’s pharmacology department has been raided by animal rights activists and the animals were released. Scientists claim that five years' of research has been lost.
Five animal-rights activists broke into the the Milan animal research center and released the rodent and rabbit research subjects from their cages and swapping cage labels. According to Animal News, the activists occupied the center for around twelve hours. To stop authorities from entering, two of the activists chained themselves by the neck to the main doors of the facility.
The activists were members of a group called Fermare Green Hill (or Stop Green Hill).
The animals were being used as genetic models of psychiatric disorders, including autism and schizophrenia. University of Milan neurobiologist Michela Matteoli told Nature that: "It will take three people at least a year to build up the colonies we had of mouse models of different psychiatric diseases."
Eventually local police negotiated with the activists, convincing them to leave with fewer than 100 animals. After the incident, University of Milan researchers published an open letter explaining the value of the research that takes place at the facility.
More about animal reseach, Animal rights, experimentation, Italy, Fermare Green Hill
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