Portland, OR- In the early morning of October 22nd, activists hung a
massive banner over the Willamette River that read, "OHSU: Stop Killing
Monkeys Now!" The action was done in solidarity with National Primate
Liberation Week. For more information on NPLW:
Primates in laboratories are subjected to horrible experiences. Recent
government documentation has revealed primates dying of dehydration,
starvation, hypothermia, heat stress, being boiled alive in cage washers,
wasting diseases, hepatitis, encephalitis, and many other severe
Just this week, the research watchdog organization Stop Animal
Exploitation Now! released a list of the worst primate research
laboratories in the country. The list ranks the labs based on living
conditions and negligent deaths, both of which OHSU has a poor history
with. Such a poor history, in fact, that OHSU was ranked the 6th worst in
As reflected in the USDA's 2009 Animal Use Report filed for the ONPRC, the
facility had subjected 259 primates to inadequate living conditions and
cruelty, such as severe restraint, multiple surgeries, food deprivation,
lack of environmental enhancement, deficient cage cleaning standards and
insufficient cage size requirements. Additionally, the last several USDA
inspection reports show that at least four negligent deaths have occurred
at the ONPRC recently.
Portland Animal Defense League has long targeted OHSU for dealing in
exploitation, death, and scientific fraud. For several years, ADL has
engaged in a campaign of education and exposure, illuminating the public
to the torture, fraudulent science and "scientists", and wasted tax
dollars that characterize the Oregon National Primate Research Center.
Those efforts recently culminated in a road blockade outside of the ONPRC
in late June that resulted in the arrest of five activists.
Yet activists are not done with OHSU.
"This banner drop acts as a reminder to OHSU that activists and the
concerned public have not forgotten about them. No one has forgotten about
the atrocities they commit each and every day," says Justin Kay of the
Portland Animal Defense League. "As long as there are animals imprisoned
at the primate center, OHSU will have to answer to the demands for their