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Animal Liberation Front Raids Future Primate Facility

For Immediate Release
Contact AL Press Office at 818.932.9997

June 1, 2005

Animal Liberation Front Raids Future Primate Facility
Quakertown, PA: The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) visited a Pennsylvania plant nursery whose owner is planning to turn it into a breeding facility of non-human primates to be sold to animal experimenters. Owner Michael Hsu admits to tens of thousands of dollars in damages, and has seen his plans withdrawn from Thursday's agenda for the Richland Township Planning Commission as community opposition has grown.
Activists overturned and destroyed about 1,000 peonies, including some rare breeds last Thursday night. They poured paint stripper on two vehicles and spray-painted graffiti on buildings and greenhouses at Peonyland, 475 Church Road, Richland Township. They wrote phrases -- such as ''Fuck with primates, get fucked by us. ALF''; ''the ALF is watching''; and ''this will just be the start'' -- on greenhouses and storage garages at the business owned by the Hsu family. ''I can't say right now whether or not we'll continue,'' Michael Hsu said Friday.

In an anonymous e-mail forwarded to The Morning Call Newspaper, ALF claimed responsibility for the Peonyland vandalism, saying the group visited the business and ''entered several greenhouses and completely trashed them, dumping hundreds and hundreds of bushes and making a mess of the place. We also poisoned over a hundred planted bushes have fun finding out which ones, Hsu.''

The organization, in the e-mail, warns owner Michael Hsu to ''drop your plans for a primate prison.'' ''If you imprison so much as one monkey to sell to a lab we will make you pay dearly. We are watching you ... ''

The kennel supposedly would house up to 500 monkeys until they are shipped to medical research laboratories, where they would be subjected to painful experiments before being killed, usually years or decades later. "Experimentation on animals has been shown to be outdated and unlikely to result in cures for human diseases", states Dr. Jerry Vlasak, a practicing surgeon and former animal experimenter himself. "The so-called scientists who kill animals in labs are frustrated clinicians who cannot or will not practice medicine that helps people. They are wasting millions of scarce health-care dollars on useless research that will never help one of my patients".

The monkeys would be shipped from a supply company in Beijing and would be tested for tuberculosis, according to the development application, which lists Chao Hsu and Susan Hsu as co-applicants. The incident is under investigation by Richland Township police and a joint terrorism task force of agents from the FBI and other federal agencies.


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MONKEY SEE MONKEY DO 05.Jun.2005 19:07

ANON

hey portland listen up
hope you are paying attention
maybe taking some notes
are there any major players who do business with ohsu

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CAGE MANUFACTURER 06.Jun.2005 16:35

CAPPIE

ANON -
Guess that depends on what you deem to be a major business? Obviously - it takes the cooperation and support of a multitude of outside businesses-government agencies and individuals in order for OHSU to be allowed to function. One business that comes to mind - although they are not large in size - yet they play a pivotal role in OHSU's operation - is CARTER 2 SYSTEMS INC. C2SI designs and manufactures the cages which house the monkeys who are forced to live in captivity. Though not a large manufacuring plant - newly located at 2750 SE 39th Avenue in Hillsboro - they do play an important role in the daily operations of the Oregon National Primate Research Center. Not only does C2SI provide enclosures for our primate center but they also conduct business with UC Davis and Harvard - they supply these labs with various sized animal cages-cage card holders-cage locks and locking systems-free standing and wall mounted cages,equipment and accessories for environmental enrichment-transfer cages-blood collection stations as well as cages for infant monkeys. If you should have any questions about this local business you can contact owner Lyle Carter - also designer and engineer - at (503) 844-420 or 1 800 255-7553. Or if you happen to be in the neighborhood just drop by and say "howdy."

Very interesting 06.Jun.2005 18:45

Very interested

Very interesting.

every life is important 26.Jun.2005 03:41

me

impressed with the progress we make but realize we need more. Keep up the excellent work! Lives are being saved everyday. Thank-you for the courage u give me everyday to succeed in what I KNOW is right. CHEERS