On Halloween, a handful of OHSU researchers connected with the Primate Center received a special visit from a group of costumed animal activists. Among the researchers who received visits were Serjio Ojeda, Cynthia Bethea, and Peter Kohler, the President of OHSU.
Activists outed researchers by informing neighbors of the vivisectors' profession and reminding neighbors that their pets may not be safe. The activists' message for the community was, "Do you want to see a real house of horrors? Check out the OHSU Regional Primate Center, where infants are taken from their mothers on the day of their birth and placed in small cages with no bedding or toys. There they slowly go crazy with nothing to call mother but a piece of carpet the size of their hands."
Activists described the self-mutilation that occurs in the Center and rounded off the visit with chants of "Your job, your fault, your money, your fault, your greed, your fault," and "When animals in labs are under attackm what do we do? Act up, fight back." Finally, the costumed crew reminded vivisectors that their job is not done, chanting "We'll be back!"
On Friday, December 3, yet another group of OHSU researchers connected with the Primate Center received a rousing visit from animal activists eager to let neighbors know who tortures animals for a living. Susan Smith and Daniel Casey received visits, and the general response from the vivisectors has been to bustle about and turn off the lights.
Neighbors responded with curiousity or anger, attesting to the success of activists in being heard. Strong voices and a megaphone are to credit for spreading the word. Although activists cannot say when researchers will be persuaded to end their bloody practice, they say that they will continue to remind vivisectors of on-going animal suffering, even when the vivisectors are not officially on the job.