This coming Sunday, June 5, is National Animal Rights Day. – currently there is no information about any planned animal rights activities targeting UCI, however the IACUC office is sending this notice as a reminder.
All members of UCI’s research community are encouraged to exercise extra vigilance during this time, as various so-called “animal rights” groups may organize protests and other activities at research institutions.
Security guidelines are available on the IACUC website. Attached are two PDF documents you may use:
A poster with guidelines for responding to suspicious activity, protesters, vandals, or phone calls requesting information about animal research at UCI. Feel free to print out this poster and share it with laboratory members, teaching assistants in classes that utilize vertebrate animals, and any administrative staff who may receive inquiries about animal research from the media or the general public. It may be useful to post this sign near laboratory or office phones for quick reference.
“Authorized Personnel Only” sign for posting on the doors to your laboratory and other animal-use areas outside of the vivarium.
The key to ensuring personal safety and laboratory security in the event of anti-research extremist activity is to be prepared for any scenario.
Campus Security, University Communications, and ULAR management are on alert and ready to respond in the event of anti-animal research activity.
Report any suspicious activities and security/personal safety concerns to UCI Police:
911 for Emergencies
(949) 824-5223 for non-emergencies, available 24 hours (campus and medical center)
Communications, assistance with responding to questions about your research:
Tom Vasich Senior Director, Communications & Media Relations