One activist rang Eliot's door bell and I overheard him say, "Hi Eliot, we're here to protest and we're asking that you quit your job." Then the chanting started, which went something like this:
Don't play God
Animal research is a fraud!
Then one of the activists started talking about how Eliot injects pregnant monkeys with nicotine to study the effects. Now, that may seem pointless since we already know that smoking is bad given that people die as a result of it - but like Elliot alway says, wouldn't it be great if we could find a way for pregnant women to continue smoking without harming the baby too much?? Elliot is my neighbor and I have to stand up for him no matter how ridiculous his life's work is.
Anyway, I sent my young son, Neal, out with our camera to take pictures of the activists. They didn't seem too bothered by this which was disappointing. Next, my neighbors and I had a plan in place to deal with these activists. My neighbor down the street pulled both cars out of the garage and proceeded to block the activists in on both sides so they couldn't leave. Then we were going to call the police and have them all arrested!! Well, they got away and our plan didn't work. But in the end, I'm glad because after doing some research on peaceful protests, I learned that what they did is completely legal and we couldn't have had them arrested anyway. And blocking them in so they can't leave is actually considered kidnapping. Yikes, better come up with a new plan...
Later that night, Elliot informed me that news had gone out over the "animal researcher wire" that a couple of his colleagues had been visited by the activists as well - Ashlee Moses and Jeffrey Jensen. Boy, these activists stay busy!