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Accountability for Murderers: Night of Mourning Report Back

On the evening of Sunday May 29th, Animal Defense League activists took to the suburbs and neighborhoods of the Portland area to mourn the senseless death of millions of animals used for research. In recognition of the National Day of Mourning for Animals in Lab, activists held the guilty accountable at their homes and in their communities. Those who were the focus of the activists' lament were Kevin Grove and Kathy Grant of the Oregon National Primate Research Center.
Late in the night, over 30 concerned and dedicated activists made the trek out to Beaverton to visit the home of Kevin Grove, at 10670 SW Oriole Circle, Beaverton, OR 97007. Kevin Grove is another notorious primate vivisector at ONPRC that recently received attention in the New York Times for his cruel obesity tests.

In his current experiment, Grove makes monkeys extremely obese by feeding them unhealthy, high-fat diets, and by forcing them to live sedentary lifestyles. He then impregnates his subjects and allows some of them to give birth. The new-born infants are stolen from their sick mothers and isolated in a separate cage so that Grove can intentionally frighten the infants with rubber snakes and Mr. Potato Head dolls (among other things) to study the effects of stress and anxiety on their infant bodies. Most of the monkeys in his experiments are killed and cut open at various stages of this torture. Annually, Grove wastes an average of $750,000 in tax funds for his cruel and useless obesity experiments to demonstrate such things as "simply being overweight and eating a high fat diet causes metabolic disease in babies," something already known in science.

As it was already past Kevin's bedtime, he was awoken with the sound of opposition to his wasteful and exploitative research. Activists discussed the fallacy of animal research with neighbors and members of the community as Grove hid inside his home, unwilling and unable to defend his supposed life's work. After about 15 minutes of protest and education, activists left the scene just before police arrived to continue onto the home of Kathy Grant.

Kathy Grant, 1533 SE Division St. Portland, OR, has received at least $18,304,940 in tax dollars to addict monkeys to alcohol at ONPRC.

In one recent experiment, monkeys were starved and only given food if they consumed alcohol (Grant employs masterful doublespeak and calls this behavior "voluntary self-administration" of alcohol). After observing their drinking behavior, Grant kills the monkeys and cut up their bodies. Her discovery was that alcohol damaged the monkeys' livers - something long known in humans.

Even worse - Kathy Grant knows that primates in labs suffer and recognizes that they have emotional lives. She was a co-author on a paper title "Social Stress, Depression, and Brain Dopamine in Female Cynomolgus Monkeys" where she observed that many primates in labs are "hypercortisolemic [constantly stressed], targets of aggression, fearful, vigilant, receive little positive affiliative contact, exhibit pathological behaviors indicating anxiety, and are disengaged in the social events around them." Shamefully, Grant sees nothing wrong in subjecting living, feeling, beings to this torture. She has even made a lucrative career out of it.

When the activists descended upon the home of Kathy Grant, they were met with at least 11 police cars and officers stationed all around her property. It was clear that OHSU felt the burden of home demonstration accountability. Because the police were flexing their full force already, the decision was made to hold a silent candle light vigil in front of her home.

In addition the police force that was present at the demonstrations, there also appeared to be private security stationed at both locations. A black or dark grey GMC SUV with Oregon plates 59365 was parked in front of both homes and the driver was inside filming the activists.

It is clear that the efforts of local grassroots campaigns to put pressure on researchers and their industry is being felt at OHSU. It is clear that rather than engaging the public in a discussion about the validity, efficacy, or morality of their work, they would rather hide behind veils of ignorance and intimidation. It is clear that they can and need to be held accountable, and they do not like it. It is clear that we can not stop, as long as they do not stop their legacy of murder, fraud, and suffering.

Note: Animal Defense League would like to thank the band Unrest for helping to bring so many people out to the demos, as well as for attending the demos themselves.

For more information and pictures, please visit: ResearchKills.org or pdxanimaldefenseleague.org

homepage: homepage: http://pdxanimaldefenseleague.org

Brilliant. 30.May.2011 17:11

You are my heroes.

Thank you brave activists.