by  Leah Nelson  on May 3, 2012
Camille Marino, a radical animal liberation activist who advocates violence against scientists who use animals in their research, was arrested yesterday at Detroit’s Wayne State University after chaining herself to the school library in defiance of an order banning her from campus. Marino heads Negotiation is Over (NIO), a Florida-based group that specializes in harassing vivisectionists, publishing on its website names, addresses and other personal information about its targets.
“If you spill blood, your blood should be spilled as well,” she wrote in a 2010 message on the site. “We will print your information. And we’ll be at your homes. We’ll be at your work. We’ll be at your country clubs and golf courses. We’ll see you at your manicurist and we’ll be kneeling next to you when you take that next holy communion wafer on Sunday. If I have my way, you’ll be praying to us for mercy.”
The Wayne State ban stems from her attacks on Donal O’Leary, a cardiovascular researcher who obtained a protective order against her after she targeted him in last fall. According to the Detroit Free Press, Marino, who had scheduled a protest for 1 p.m., arrived on campus at noon and chained herself to the front door of the undergraduate library with a bicycle lock, placing a gag over her mouth. Campus police cut the lock with bolt cutters and arrested her. This was not Marino’s first trip to Michigan.
In February, she was arrested in Florida and extradited to Detroit to face contempt of court charges after she violated a judge’s order that she remove all references to O’Leary from her site and refrain from discussing him on social media. She was released on bond in early March and had been due in court yesterday morning for a hearing, which was postponed after she and her attorney parted ways (according to court papers, they were “unable to communicate concerning strategy”).
Steve Best, a philosophy professor at the University of Texas at El Paso and close ally of NIO whose motto, proclaimed on his blog, is, “When the law is wrong, the right thing to do is break it,” says on his website that Marino’s trial is set for June 18. Her new lawyers, Matt Savich and Michael Cafferty, specialize in personal injury and drunk driving.
Under state laws across America, statements such as “If you spill blood, your blood should be spilled as well,”( she wrote in a 2010 message on the site)” are considered terroristic threats.
“We will print your information.” (Invasion of privacy)
“And we’ll be at your homes.” (Criminal trespassing) We’ll be at your work. We’ll be at your country clubs and golf courses. We’ll see you at your manicurist and we’ll be kneeling next to you when you take that next holy communion wafer on Sunday. (Stalking)
“If I have my way, you’ll be praying to us for mercy.” (Terroristic threat)
Another thing that people such as Ms. Camille Marino do not want to realize is that when they break into and release animals from these research facilities, they do not know what they are letting loose upon the world.
Animals used in research can be infected with viruses such as the  Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus (which has been raging in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria, claiming many lives, since the 1970s), hantaviruses, Lassa fever (which made its way to the United States, but was contained before an out break could have occurred), Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic diseases injected into them for study. What type of procedure a research scientist or vivisectionist uses in their research would be unknown to the radical animal rights activists.
There are various types of viruses which can be deadly to humans:  lentivirus, retrovirus, rhabdovirus, areanavirus ,  and filovirus,  just to name a few.

biohazard symbol

The international symbol for biological hazard.

It is not as if the science researchers are looking to see how much their weight in strawberries research animals can consume.

Unless there are any humans who are going to step up to the plate and volunteer to be injected with any of the above mentioned,  then the use of animals in medical research will continue to occur.
If not for the use of animals in research, there would be no smallpox vaccine, rabies vaccine, polio vaccine, HIV-AIDS medications, or any other medical breakthrough that has occurred in the last one hundred years.
Not to mention, Ms. Marino’s threatening the life of Donal O’Leary, a cardiovascular researcher, is still a crime.
Ms. Marina showed all of the following:  willful threat to commit a crime that would result in death or great bodily injury; willful intent; unconditional, unequivocal, immediate and specific threat. I am all for the humane and respectful treatment of animals, be it for food or in research.
But, there is a right way and a wrong way to go about looking out for the welfare of animals.
The use of violence only serves to shy people away from understanding the use of animals in research as well as paint all animal rights activists as terrorists and harbingers of violence. Not to mention, that a more non-violent lobbying for the rights of animals and implementing laws for their protection in research will get the job done more than advocating violence.
There is the First Amendment on free speech. On the other hand, there is the narrow and quite clear law that terroristic threats create a reasonable and sustainable fear in the intended target. Anytime anyone promotes violence to justify their actions, they will always shoot themselves in the proverbial foot.


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  1. Christina

    Poorly written article with no facts. You again have proven your stupidity. Way to go Leah.

  2. elouiseheller

    I wonder if you can imagine why ms marino has put herself in the firing line like this? guessing its probably beyond your ken to imagine what life is like for someone who knows what donal o leary did to the dog he called queenie..who was left in unrelieved agony apparrently..you will find it hard to understand that some people feel desperately sorry for sentient creatures in pain and will sacrifice thier own freedom to try to stop people whos main concern is probably money, prestige and maybe allopathic drugs..out of your protected bubble of like minds many of us other humans are aghast at what vivisectors do..and we are haunted by what we know animals have done to them..you wont understand this and will no doubt mock the notion..we are glad we are not like you..creatures who ignore suffering and pain..you are stuck in your alice in wonderland world where human supremism reigns..where the planets other creatures have no value.This is outside of your experience to understand..we reject speciesism..we dont eat or wear animals..we avoid allopathic drugs..in my own case i have a serious illness which i dont take allopathic drugs for..we know nothing is perfect that its impossible to exist without causing some creature somewhere pain ..even in for example taking up th earths resources .people like camille just want animal suffering to stop..cancer for example is to my belief perpetuated by polloution..chemicals in food etc..i believe the pharma industry exists to make profits period and that drugs keep sufferers alive with little hope of recovery but still consuming drugs to make money for the industry..i had a brush with cancer myself so i did a lot of looking at stats..i imagine you will enjoy villifying people you dont understand who you will never agree with..and never question your own perspective..in a sense camille is a side issue in the debate..you will never convince the majority of people that you can cure anything..indeed the notion itself is fraudulent..it puzzles me why your profession is so determined to be so willfully ignorant but ii dont expect change while there are still lucrative research grantss and a gullible public..powerless to stop thier tax being used to torture those creatures that camille probably thinks off as other nations..

  3. Babygurl30

    I think she went about it the wrong way. I am not happy with animal testing, but I agree that it has to be done to find the cures that we need to save people or someone close to us who are dealing with life threatening illnesses. And I second that with her releasing those research animals could have gotten alot of people sick had one of the animals bitten someone.

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