On Sunday evening, October 24th, approximately twenty compassionate animal rights activists from Portland Animal Defense League visited the homes of two of Oregon National Primate Research Center's (ONPRC) most notorious primate vivisectors. The demos ended a successful week of action in coordination with National Primate Liberation Week http://www.all-creatures.org/saen/event-nplw-2010.html.
First up was mad scientist, Kathy Grant. Since 2005, Kathy has tortured monkeys at OHSU's ONPRC under the guise of "scientific research." In her sadistic experiments, Kathy's unlucky victims are deprived of food in order to get them to "voluntarily" consume alcohol "to determine the influence of genetic composition, sex, age, and stress on the risk for heavy drinking." Many of the primates in her useless experiments must endure these conditions for many months at a time causing severe distress and pain. And for what? The results of one of her most recent experiments are telling: The effects of alcohol on monkey's livers "compare well with the changes observed in liver function in human alcohol abusing subjects." In other words, Grant is merely replicating what is already known about the effects of alcohol on humans.
Researchers like Kathy Grant claim that they must be allowed unfettered access to animals for experiments in order to find cures for human diseases, yet they refuse to address the serious ethical problems of torturing sentient creatures for research purposes. On top of that, over-reliance on animal experimentation has historically hindered scientific advancement and endangered human safety because results from animal research typically cannot be applied to humans. In fact, scientists could save more human lives by using humane non-animal research and testing methods that are more accurate and efficient.
During the loud and lively demo, neighbors came out to see what all the commotion was about. Many people grabbed a flier and everyone activists spoke with was horrified and shocked that they lived next door to an animal abuser.
The truth is out.
THEIR BLOOD IS ON YOUR HANDS, KATHY GRANT!
Up next, activists visited the home of Eliot Spindel. Cruel is the only way to describe the actual experiments Spindel conducts on female monkeys who are impregnated and subjected to multiple surgeries to implant nicotine pumps in their backs. The monkeys endure multiple surgeries as the pumps must be changed up to five times during their pregnancies. Steady doses of nicotine are delivered to the pregnant monkeys and their babies are cut out of their wombs at various stages of development in order to dissect their lungs.
One horrific account of Eliot's experiments comes from an In Defense of Animals undercover investigation that introduced the world to Thimble. "Thimble's mother was used in Eliot's senseless nicotine experiments. Workers gave Thimble her diminutive name because she was so tiny—removed from her mother's uterus before she'd reached full-term. According to Spindel's standard procedure for his diabolical nicotine experiments, Thimble was to have been subjected to lung tests after spending a frightening night alone in an incubator. Then she would have been bled to death and dissected. Due to complications with her birth, Spindel rejected Thimble for his experiments and she was allowed to live—eventually being used to breed more unfortunate monkeys for Spindel and others at OHSU to kill in experiments."
STOP MURDERING INNOCENT ANIMALS, ELIOT SPINDEL!