Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Police Arrest 5 At Primate Center Protest

protest primateFive protesters were arrested Monday as animal rights activists demonstrated outside Oregon Health & Science University's National Primate Research Center.

Hillsboro police Lt. Michael Rouches said 20 to 40 people protested animal testing at the primate center, located at Northwest Edgeway Drive and Heritage Parkway.

Michael Budkie, the director of the group Stop Animal Exploitation Now, said demonstrators "risked their freedom" to interfere with animal testing at the primate research center.

"This facility wastes over $50 million a year in useless primate experimentation," Budkie said. "Recently, they have been cited by USDA for taking the lives of several primates."

Jim Newman, a spokesman for OHSU, said the facility received a surprise inspection from the USDA last week and that it received a "glowing report."

"We do a lot as a center to try and explain what we do, to talk to the public," he said. "We talk to rights groups all the time. It's frustrating because we think we're open, but there are groups that come in from out of town hat think that closing our facility is the best way to show their frustration."

Five people who blocked Edgeway Drive by lying in the street with their arms linked by plastic pipes were taken into custody on a charge of obstructing traffic.

Full story here.

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