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Amazing Indymedia Thread Hits 155 Comments and Climbing!

Amazing Indymedia thread hits 155 comments and climbing! Check out the detailed discussion of home demonstrations and vivisection, much of it academic, with incisive logic on both sides. Participating are an OHSU researcher at the Primate Center and more than one former OHSU employees as well as scientists in training.
Amazing Indymedia thread hits 155 comments and climbing!

Check out the detailed discussion of home demonstrations and vivisection, much of it academic, with incisive logic on both sides.

Participating are an OHSU researcher at the Primate Center and more than one former OHSU employees as well as scientists in training.

And don't forget to check out the Discussion section, right under Comments, where numerous additional comments have been posted.

Join the fun. Post your opinions and share your knowledge. This discussion is hot, hot, hot!

Below is the address, or check the Animal Rights page and scroll down to "Cynthia Bethea, who performs invasive experiments on intellegent primates at OHSU"


if you want a picture for the feature... 24.Jul.2005 05:33


Trine was a capuchin monkey subjected to outdated psychotropic drug experiments by Daniel Casey, a primate researcher at OHSU's Oregon National Primate Research Center. He's seen here close to the end of his long, painful life in a small cage. After Casey's junk science was exposed by In Defense of Animals, the study shut down and the 22 survivors were released to a sanctuary. Unfortunately, Trine died before the release.
OHSU monkey, Trine
OHSU monkey, Trine

Walking The Talk 24.Jul.2005 12:18


Congrats to the ARA who not only support but actually go out and do home demonstrations. It was they who brought this topic to light. It was they who publicly posted the names addresses and phone numbers of researchers at the primate center who on a daily basis torture and kill animals. It was they who actually got at least one ONPRC researcher to post messages on indymedia. It was they who opened up the can of worms that brought people from both sides of the argument to one site to discuss,bicker,think and act. It was they who shook the ground under OHSU. It was they who forced OHSU/ONPRC to acknowledge and contend with the AR movement locally.
I hope these dedicated people will continue with the home protests and I equally hope others will join in by organizing their own home demonstrations. These researchers should not be visted on a weekly basis they should be visited on a nightly basis until they are willing or forced to come out of their labs and face the public and their critics. I am not an organizer myself but I would be honored and willing to stand next to others who want to do demonstrations at the doorsteps of researchers houses.

a picture is worth a thousand words 26.Jul.2005 10:42


can you tell me more about this particular monkey and what it was subjected to at the hands of daniel casey?this has to be one of the most disturbing pictures i have ever had the misfortune of viewing.did the monkey have a name how old was s/he how many years did it have to linger in a cage at the primate center was it subjected to more than this one case of abuse? so very sad and so very wrong.thank you for showing us a glimpse of inside the lab.i totally understand now why the animal activists do what they do.i applaud them and you.

Trine's life 28.Jul.2005 14:40

Matt Rossell primates@aracnet.com

In response to Sickened's request, here is a bit more about Trine's life:

The picture of Trine (above in a previous comment) is a still shot from the only known images of him I took before his death. He was a cebus, or capuchin monkey, native to South America. He came to the Center 18 years previous (now more than 23 years ago) from the Harvard Medical Center. Part of a group of 28 capuchins, he was subject to a psychotropic drug study under Daniel Casey. Some of them had been injected with Haldol and Haldol-like mind altering drugs for 20+ years, and with devastating results. Of all the heartbreaking monkey cases I witnessed while working at the Oregon Primate Center, these elderly primates were among the worst off and most tragic cases.

Although it has been well documented that capuchin monkeys are easily socially housed in captivity, Casey would not allow it and all 28 lingered alone in cages, suffering from loneliness and the acute side effects of the drugs. Trine died spontaneously on Christmas Day. Snicker, another capuchin bled to death from self inflicted injuries. Her story is equally tragic and I will write it down and share in another comment later on.

When another old cebus, Erik, died on the previous Labor Day holiday, the scientist did not come in to the Center to collect his data within the necessary time. Erik's life was unarguably in vain. Did Trine suffer a similar fate because he died on Christmas Day? It wouldn't be surprising. But even if the data was collected, this study lacked scientific merit.

After In Defense of Animals helped me expose OHSU's inherent cruelty and fraudulent science at an August 2000 press conference, the lab came under well-deserved scutiny from an outraged public. Soon after, Daniel Casey's study was shut down by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), highlighted by Philip Dawdy in the Willamette Week as being the first time the internal animal welfare committee had been critical of a research project in over 30 months of reviewing IACUC meeting minutes.

Then the remaining living 22 capuchin monkeys were retired to zoos in Richmond VA and Austin TX. I had the privilage of visiting Rasmus, one of the rescued whom I had become close friends, and 11 others that ended up in Austin. It was so amazing to see, even after all the abuse and in their aged, atrophied condition, how quickly they began to recover. They were soon climbing in their new large space, getting to interact for the first time in decades, and learning what it is to be a monkey for the first time in their lives. Rasmus remembered me, even though more than two years had passed, and we had a special reunion!

These kinds of victories help keep hope alive for me, knowing that the primate center is expanding like mad, and even more monkeys are going to see similar fates as Trine suffered. I feel fortunate that I was able to meet and get to know some of these amazing individuals. Their stories deserve to be told.

Never Stop Exposing OHSU 28.Jul.2005 20:20


Thank you Matt. You related a truly tragic story in a very beautiful way. After hearing of Trine's horrible life and knowing there are still thousands more out there suffering and awaiting the same fate, I am amazed that we do not have more people doing nightly home protests outside researchers' residences and daily vigils at the entrance of the Primate Center. What is it going to take to make the public and this government understand that torture by any other name is still TORTURE. Continue, Matt, to tell your stories and share your experiences with everyone who will listen. The abuse, the torture, the killings, the deceptions and the fraud has got to end.