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animal "research" demonstration

I was on my way home on a bicycle on broadway, and passed through a nice lively demonstration headed up to OHSU. Went home to get my camera and joined them up at "pill hill"
I had a botany professor in college who didn't like Christians and stated firmly that "science is the worship of truth" I belive that one can more correctly state "Science is the worship of government grants" Read the end of any article in any technical journal They usually end with something to the extent of "more funding is neccesary for further study"

OHSU primate center is a perfect example. Hundreds of millions of dollars, and no cures in forty years. Like the tram project, it's a collosal waste of money that could go towards a yearly doctor visit for many of us middle class folks who make 40-60000 a year and pay $700 a month for insurance that wont cover such a radical procedure as a routine doctor visit.

And even as someone who belives that animals taste good becuase they are made of meat, I can look at some evidence that leaks out of the "monkey farm", and know that what they do there is wrong from an ethical as well as economic standpoint. And I'm not alone, many cars driving by today honked and waved in support, only one driver managed a halfhearted thumbs down while I was there.


Quite a few people came up the hill, and the Portland police were there for a while.

OHSU's private security observed and took pictures from the enclosed walkway above the street and lurked in the emergency door. I had the distinct feeling of being "sized up" like a stranger wandering into a grimy college town sports bar at 1 in the morning.

I came home and fought with the computer a little, hopefully managed to compress a few pictures into byte sized pieces.

Now personally, right now, I'm single issue on "bring the troops home"- but this is a just cause and the folks who put this on and work to expose the unethical behavior of OHSU did a fine job today. I firmly belive that even joe-sixpack sizzling cow flesh on his BBQ would agree that torturing our close relatives at the "monkey farm" in the name of fleecing the taxpayer out of money is wrong.

Remember- No cures in forty years.

(Maybe I'll have to put the pictures in as comments as I'm a really incompetent loser when it comes to computers...)

more pictures, hopefully... 20.Aug.2005 17:59

red suspenders

Hope I can get these uploaded.

The sign about debating the validity of the research is especially valid. Real scientists are open to discussion, independant review and even dissenting opinions. These "researchers" are about as scientific as your average TV preacher.

thanx for the report 20.Aug.2005 18:27

gk

I'm glad the event turned out safe for everyone. I was concerned about that. I had originally intended to be there, but changed my mind and went to the Cindy rally instead where there were about 20 people in the, as yet, cool air. I'm against those studies on live animals, and don't eat dead ones either.

Thank You, Red Suspenders,Matt,Connie and the protesters 20.Aug.2005 20:03

A Protesters

Thanks RS for taking the time to join the rally and share your pictures. Very appreciated.
Hey Matt and Connie, Thank you for all the time and energy you put into this rally and march. And a great big THANK YOU to all who showed up and told OHSU and the city of Portland that WE CARE ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF ANIMALS!

Bad cops, no donuts 21.Aug.2005 15:54

(*)

Thought the march itself was great but as usual there were some Portland cops who were really out of line. Didn't get their names but hope IDA will let the permit department know that there were problems that need to be addressed and corrected. Would expect that type of behavior from OHSU security but these cops should not be paid for this type of conduct.

Great rally, great cause, great people 21.Aug.2005 23:40

Sandra G.

Awesome rally! When is the next one? IDA is great! Thank you IDA for organizing that rally. Posters, signs, megaphones, busses... Couldn't have been done better. I counted 211 people when we first left the park. I think more joined when we stepped off. I met people all the way from Roseburg up to Seattle. My daughter and i came down from WA. Anybody know the gent with the megaphone? The one who was harassed at the park? Is he an IDA man? Can I meet him at IDA functions? He's a cutie. Sorry if he's taken, but I got to know. My daughter wants to know too... ... . The animals and the ladies can be glad to have a caring man who stands in defense of animals, in fact I saw a few good looking animal lovers standing tall. Ladies if you missed the rally you missed a great event and great sites as well. To the men and women who organized this event, good job. To the hot animal loving man with the megaphone, keep going to these events, I wana see you again... ... ... ... and again

Sandra

<sigh> 22.Aug.2005 16:54

Den Mark, Vancouver

Ranting against Science is nonsense. "Science is worship of government grants" is silly ranting. So-called civilization advances with Science, is the sine qua non for advancement. Science discovers; technology applies discoveries, for better or for worse. Don't blame Science for human woes. Blame humans. Knowledge can advance our evolution. That our species does not seem to evolve socially is partly from ignorance of Science in the masses, not the opposite. If people understood ecology & Gaia, for example, they would not abuse Earth as they do. But they do not get it. Science is a liberator, even when a few scienTISTS are clueless. And please remember that lab technicians are not necessarily scientists. Science has attracted many heroes & heroines across centuries & cultures, who've sacrificed immeasurably to provide increased understanding, regardless of whether anyone's paying attention.

<sigh> <sigh> 23.Aug.2005 11:07

Laura

Den Mark: The point is that science, like any other potentially worthy pursuit, can, and largely has been, corrupted by greed. I basically agree with you but think you've missed the point.

primates tested 4 pharma profits 23.Aug.2005 12:15

faster market entry after psuedo-scientific testing

Once the pharma corporations test some new wonder drug on the chimpanzees, the doorway to the American consumer market is wide open, if only it was actually scientific and not some corporate swindle..

continues to test on primates at UC Davis in CA's Sacramento Valley. If the Portland activists ever want a break from the rainy weather this winter the sunny valley beckons for primate freedom. Would also be a great place to network with Bay Area activists..

UC Davis Primate Research center is located on County Road 98 & Hutchinson Rd. near Putah Creek bicycle trail..

Here's an earlier article..

At UC Davis, pharmaceutical profits are valued over holistic health.
The primates held hostage at the UCD Primate research center (Hutchinson and Road 98, Davis CA) are slaves to the profit machine of the pharmaceutical corporations..



The sign reads "UC Davis Primate Research Center" and another "School of Comparitive Medicine" indicates that testing pharmaceutical products on primates in prisons is the primary goal at UCD..

Kidnapping primates from the rainforests of Africa/Asia deprives the forests of seed dispersing mammals, reducing genetic diversity of tree species..

Who is transporting primates and what can be done to discourage this practice from occurring??

 http://www.gatewaytohell.net/

Not to mention the depression, aggravation, frustration experienced by the primates while in captivity will alter their health and immune system responses to experimental stimuli..

Pharmaceutical products could be honest in admitting that their products are unable to cure cancer or other diseases, their products are cytotoxic and eventually overwhelm the healthy cells along with the cancer cells..

Here are the laws of the pharmaceutical corporations from the Dr. Rath Health Foundation website;

"The Laws of the
Pharmaceutical Industry

The main principles governing the pharmaceutical "business with disease." It is not in the financial interests of the pharmaceutical industry to prevent common diseases - the maintenance and expansion of diseases is a precondition for the financial growth of this industry.
1
The pharmaceutical industry is an investment industry driven by the profits of its shareholders. Improving human health is not the driving force of this industry.

2
The pharmaceutical investment industry was artificially created and strategically developed over an entire century by the same investment groups that control the global petrochemical and chemical industries.

3
The huge profits of the pharmaceutical industry are based on the patenting of new drugs. These patents essentially allow drug manufacturers to arbitrarily define the profits for their products.

4
The marketplace for the pharmaceutical industry is the human body - but only for as long as the body hosts diseases. Thus, maintaining and expanding diseases is a precondition for the growth of the pharmaceutical industry.

5
A key strategy to accomplish this goal is the development of drugs that merely mask symptoms while avoiding the curing or elimination of diseases. This explains why most prescription drugs marketed today have no proven efficacy and merely target symptoms.

6
To further expand their pharmaceutical market, the drug companies are continuously looking for new applications (indications) for the use of drugs they already market. For example, Bayer's pain pill Aspirin is now taken by 50 million healthy US citizens under the illusion it will prevent heart attacks.

7
Another key strategy to expand pharmaceutical markets is to cause new diseases with drugs. While merely masking symptoms short term, most of the prescription drugs taken by millions of patients today cause a multitude of new diseases as a result of their known long-term side effects. For example, all cholesterol-lowering drugs currently on the market are known to increase the risk of developing cancer - but only after the patient has been taking the drug for several years.

8
The known deadly side effects of prescription drugs are the fourth leading cause of death in the industrialized world, surpassed only by the number of deaths from heart attacks, cancer and strokes (Journal of the American Medical Association, April 15, 1998). This fact is no surprise either, because drug patents are primarily issued for new synthetic molecules. All synthetic molecules need to be detoxified and eliminated from the body, a system that frequently fails and results in an epidemic of severe and deadly side effects.



9
While the promotion and expansion of diseases increase the market of the pharmaceutical investment industry - prevention and root cause treatment of diseases decrease long-term profitability; therefore, they are avoided or even obstructed by this industry.

10
Worst of all, the eradication of diseases is by its very nature incompatible with and diametrically opposed to the interests of the pharmaceutical investment industry. The eradication of diseases now considered as potential drug markets will destroy billions of investment dollars and eventually will eliminate this entire industry.

11
Vitamins and other effective natural health therapies that optimize cellular metabolism threaten the pharmaceutical "business with disease" because they target the cellular cause of today's most common diseases - and these natural substances cannot be patented.

12
Throughout the more than one hundred year existence of the pharmaceutical industry, vitamins and other essential nutrients, with defined functions as cofactors in cellular metabolism, have been the fiercest competition and the greatest threat to the long-term success of the pharmaceutical investment business.

13
Vitamins and other effective natural health therapies that effectively prevent diseases are incompatible with the very nature of the pharmaceutical "business with disease."

14
To protect the strategic development of its investment business against the threat from effective, natural and non-patentable therapies, the pharmaceutical industry has - over an entire century - used the most unscrupulous methods, such as:


(1) Withholding life-saving health information from millions of people. It is simply unacceptable that today so few know that the human body cannot produce vitamin C and lysine, two key molecules for connective tissue stability and disease prevention.


(2) Discrediting natural health therapies. The most common way is through global PR campaigns organized by the Pharma-Cartel that spread lies about the alleged side effects of natural substances - molecules that have been used by Nature for millennia.


(3) Banning by law the dissemination of information about natural health therapies. To that end, the pharmaceutical industry has placed its lobbyists in key political positions in key markets and leading drug export nations.


15
The pharmaceutical "business with disease" is the largest deception and fraud business in human history. The product "health" promised by drug companies is not delivered to millions of patients. Instead, the "products" most often delivered are the opposite: new diseases and frequently, death.

16
The survival of the pharmaceutical industry is dependent on the elimination by any means of effective natural health therapies. These natural and non-patentable therapies have become the treatment of choice for millions of people despite the combined economic, political and media opposition of the world's largest investment industry."




Majority of human diseases are caused by either malnutrition or exposure to industrial toxins in the environment..

Prevention doesn't require expensive primate research facilities, only a greater awareness of our nutritional needs (can be met by permaculture organic farming) and response to toxic substances from industrial waste products (reduce, reuse, recycle)..

While the UC Davis primate research scientist carefully watches the baboon sitting quietly behind the cage, the baboon scratches her head slowly..

Wonders..

What R U doing??




Dr. Rath Health Foundation exposes the pharmaceutical hoax;


 link to www4.dr-rath-foundation.org


 http://sandiego.indymedia.org/en/2005/05/108797.shtml

some basic info on primate torture @ UC Davis;

 http://www.api4animals.org/1149.htm

increase the pressure 26.Aug.2005 19:51

smashvivisection smashvivisection@yahoo.com

Great that people are standing up to the brutal sick murdering scum. I'd like to see more SHAC type tactics to really start hitting them where it hurts. In the big ol' fat wallet.I appreciate the awesome people with great hearts who stand against the torture of our fellow beings.  smashvivisection@yahoo.com


live your dream 31.Aug.2005 18:50

jac

smashvivesection
want to carry out your beliefs and desires?get a group together and do protests at researchers homes.its easy its fun and it works.