WHAT: A public protest for the thousands of primates enslaved and
tortured by Harvard.
WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2-5pm.
WHERE: Harvard Square, Massachusetts Ave, across from Au Bon Pain
and "The Pit" in Cambridge on Massachusetts Avenue.
RSVP/INFO: If you can, please RSVP at: [email protected] or just
answer this email or just show up. Signs & literature provided.
WHY: Primate research is on the rise! NIH-funded primate research
rose 67% in the past ten years. 93% of primate experiments funded by
the NIH are not relevant to major diseases.
Every day, animals are burned, cut, maimed, addicted to drugs,
starved, and given fatal diseases, often with no anesthesia. In
fact, no federal law regulates what happens to animals during actual
experiments. Even food, water, medical care, and infant access to
mothers can be denied if it is deemed to be necessary for the
experimental conditions. Law enforcement is notoriously lax,
and ethical decisions are made by industry insiders, often co-
workers and friends of the researchers.
Over 2100 primates are currently enslaved and tortured at any given
time in Southborough, MA--many have been the victims of cocaine and
heroin studies (forced addiction), and some of these studies have
been going on for 40 years! Plus they have endured horrible stress
studies, failed xenotransplantation experiments, and a variety of
painful invasive procedures. And Harvard will say they are conducting
important AIDS research on these animals, but the truth is that not a
single positive gain has actually ever happened. Except a lot of
animals have died horribly.
Called the New England Primate Research Center (NEPRC), this
facility is part of the Harvard Medical School and is one of the 8
Primate Research Centers in the nation. Harvard is the #2 most
funded animal research lab in the nation, getting at least $294
million per year! Harvard was very smart to locate NEPRC in
Southborough--very little foot and car traffic there--so we will
stand up for these animals at the very gates of Harvard U in
Cambridge! (For more info, go to the MARC public website:
http://www.massanimalrights.org/home and click on Harvard Primate
Labs under MARC Campaigns on the left of the homepage.
One of our banners is a quote by Dr. Jane Goodall, world-renowned
primatologist, and reads, "Researchers find it very necessary to
keep their blinkers on. They don't want to admit that the animals
they are working with have feelings and personalities. That people
can go to work and allow such barbaric conditions to continue, is a
very black mark against humanity."
But, instead of even scaling back research on nonhuman primates,
Harvard's Southborough facility is actually expanding. We know that
BU's application to NIAID for the BU Bioterror lab says that BU will
pay $3.1 million to the NEPRC to construct a new breeding and
holding facility---for primates that will be sickened and killed by
the worst pathogens on the planet---anthrax, Ebola, Marburg, plague,
DIRECTIONS: http://maps.google.com/ or email us at the address above
for directions to the protest.
PARKING: There is a parking garage on Holyoke Street less than a
block away from the protest but it is not cheap. If you are willing
to walk a few blocks, there is street parking but it is not always
easy to find. If you are interested in carpooling to share expenses
let us know and we will try to get folks together.