A professor at the University of North Georgia is asking “every friend of animals” to contribute money for the upkeep of a violent animal rights extremist, Campus Reform reports.
Professor Barry Friedman has a day job teaching political science, but he’s also a full-time animal lover, which one could deduce from the fact that his professor page is topped by five different cat photos. As a result, he begs those visiting his professor page to send money and any other support they can to jailed animal rights activist Camille Marino.
Friedman asks for money to go to Marino’s jail commissary account, so she can “pay for food that is compatible with her vegan diet, clothing, toiletries, postage, and telephone calls.”
Marino has been jailed since February, not for her animal rights activism, but rather because she violated a protective order following a domestic violence accusation coming from fellow animal activist Steven Best, a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. Friedman describes Best as a “rival” to Marino, using a protective order to sabotage her, while Best has described Marino as a “sick individual, dangerous sociopath, and utter fraud who is stalking me and the animal rights movement as a whole.”
Marino is the founder of the group Negotiation Is Over (NIO), which advocates the use of violence to liberate animals used for laboratory testing. The group’s Strategies and Tactics section includes a page that appears to endorse violent assaults against not only college students involved with animal testing, but also their friends and families.
“Students also need to understand that making the wrong choice will result in a lifetime of grief,” the page says. “We need to impart a new vision: car bombs, 24/7 security cameras, embarrassing home demonstrations, threats, injuries, and fear. And, of course, these students need to realize that any personal risk they are willing to assume will also be visited upon their parents, children, and nearest & dearest loved ones. The time to reconsider is now.” The threat isn’t totally idle; in 2011 the group drew attention by putting out bounties for personal information on students involved with animal testing.
Yet another page, “Justifiable Homicide,” appears to obliquely call for the assassination of certain people.
In particular, Marino has targeted animal research occurring at the University of Florida, publishing names, photographs, and addresses for major donors and other school figures, at times designating them as “enemy combatants.”
Despite Marino’s evident extremism, Friedman told Campus Reform he is “totally committed” to her movement and views her tactics as “absolutely justified.” Apparently, they are also worthy of direct financial support.
“The crackdown on grassroots animal-rights activists like Camille, while fascists, bigots, and theocratic traitors are free to disseminate their vicious propaganda, is not random,” Friedman says on his page. “It amounts to a conscious policy of state governments and the national government to protect every industry that butchers innocent animals, because those industries are flush with cash and state- and national-government officials aspire to capture a piece of that action. All of them want the slaughter of animals to persist, and so Camille must be kept incommunicado.”
This isn’t the first time Marino has been behind bars. In 2011, she was given six months imprisonment for stalking Wayne State University professor Donal O’Leary; among other things, NIO sent him an email threatening to “use industrial pliers to crack [his] testicles like walnuts.”
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