Candle-Light Vigil for Animals in Labs at Eliot Spindel's house last night.(sunday)
In a last chance to commemorate World Lab Animal Liberation Week and World Week for Animals in Labs(WWAIL), local activists took to Lake Oswego's streets, & sidewalks to deliver their message of compassion toward animals and disgust for vivisectors, to Eliot Spindel's house, a ONPRC Researcher for OHSU. Standing across the street, in silence, after a brief intro, vigil attendees held signs, cameras, and candles. The event even sparked a flame in a local neighbor to quickly go inside and make a sign, then came back out and join-in. (holding a sign that read "you suck" over at Spindel's house.)
Local activists-many carrying signs, cameras, and candles, took their message of compassion toward animals and disgust for vivisectors, to the home of Eliot Spindel, a researcher at Oregon Health & Sciences University's(O.H.S.U.) Oregon National Primate Research Center(O.N.P.R.C.) who they say, "...continues to torture, mutilate, poison, dissect, and then ultimately kills multiple animals every year in the name of science, with his nicotine studies". Protests and educational outreach have been on-going daily throughout the period from Saturday, April 19, 2008 through Sunday, April 27, 2008-World-Wide.
"The protests last weekend and yesterday were incredible.", said a protester who identified them self as "Banana Peel". The protests incorporated a strong emphasis on community outreach and education. "Our goal is to educate consumers, neighbors, and the tax-payers about the horrors of animal testing labs like ONPRC and the benefits of a compassionate and cruelty-free lifestyle." Thousands of pieces of literature were distributed on the streets of Portland, Oregon, during the week. Yesterday, the last day of World Lab Animal Liberation Week, and World Week for Animals In Labs(W.W.A.I.L), focused on Eliot Spindel, who uses funding from the National Institutes of Health(N.I.H.) to research on primates here in Oregon at the Beaverton/Hillsboro facility on 185th Avenue.
One flier-showing a picture of a very small baby primate* (similar to the one in the picture here but younger, and smaller) read, "OHSU experimenter Eliot Spindel has been killing infant monkeys just like Thimble*(name of monkey/primate in picture on flier) in nicotine studies for years. In fact, for at least 24 years, Spindel has been on the public dole. Just since 1992, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has given him at least $7,600,000 of our tax dollars to conduct nicotine experiments. And he will continue to get our tax dollars until 2012 to keep killing monkeys unless we convince OHSU officials and the NIH that we are dead serious about seeing them stopped.
*Baby Thimble, cut from her mother's womb, was deemed unsuitable for experimentation, but was used for breeding more monkeys for Spindel's experiments.
Spindel's work involves implanting nicotine pumps into the backs of pregnant monkeys, delivering daily doses of the addictive substance to the mothers so that he can cut their babies out at various stages of development and dissect their lungs.
It has been noted that: some of the babies are allowed to go full term and then cut out of their mothers' womb causing severe depression in the adults and terror in the infants.
"In order to educate people about the harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy, it is much more useful to study women who smoke, along with the children born to them. Money used to cut up monkeys would be better spent on human studies, smoking cessation education, and prevention programs to keep youth free and clear of smoking's harm."
Multnomah County's Board of Commissioners, recently all approved a "Budget Modification HD-34 Appropriating $108,725 Financial Assistance Award from the State of Oregon, Department of Human Services for Tobacco Prevention and Education." "None of those funds will be spent on animal experimentation.", said a young lady who testified before the Board of Commissioner's accepting the money for her department.
Lake Oswego police also attended the vigil, one man video-taped vigil-go-ers(from in front of Spindel's house-in plain-clothes James Peterson-? D.P.S.S.T.<Department of Public Safety Standards and Training a.k.a. also known as badge # number> #35507) while another called-in license plates on the police radio, and others drove around the neighborhood. Lake Oswego police also lined-up to greet vigil-go-ers as they left the area, lining up over 8 highly-marked police cars, with possible un-marked cars present, with more arriving as vigil-go-ers left.
A request for a comment to a Lake Oswego Police Officer was answered with "I have no comment".
No arrests were reported from this event at the time this was sent to print.
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