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Friday, September 24, 2021

Sometimes we're mortified by our own kind. Today is one of those days.

After reports surfaced Monday that the radical group Negotiation is Over's fear-mongering and unwillingness to work with university officials have caused possible criminal action, I'm flat out, face-palming ashamed.

Negotiation is Over is a small collective of, albeit, concerned individuals who, instead of engaging in respectful and productive discussions, resort to trespassing and threatening those even remotely involved in animal testing.

As a previous executive board member of UF's Animal Activists of Alachua and the campaign organizer for the Campaign for a Meat-Free Monday at UF, I too am adamantly opposed to the horrific barbarity inherent in subjecting animals to cruel tests.

But this should be clear: The Animal Activists of Alachua does not, and will never, condone the activities of Negotiation is Over. Its avenue of change is exactly what gives "activists" a negative connotation.

Negotiation is clearly not over, and it never will be.

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