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Top 10 Reasons to Protest Harvard Saturday!
by Mass. Animal Rights Coalition
04 May 2011
the university receiving the most stolen tax
dollars for vivisection is endowment-invested
in war as well... has lost Stanley Prusiner,
discoverer of Mad Cow prisons, because
of its investment in animal flesh
Top 10 Reasons to Protest Harvard Saturday!
There are actually approximately 1800 reasons (the number of monkeys
and other primates held captive and submitted to brutal invasive
research by Harvard) to protest Harvard's New England Regional
Primate Research Center this Saturday, but here's our top ten.
(Protest details are found below the list.)
1. Many nations have severely restricted or banned primate research
which shows that their governments believe that the cruelty to
animals outweighs the medical merits of primate research.
2. By contrast, Harvard has increased its number of primates by at
least 10-15% in the last 10 years (it is hard to give exact figures
because Harvard recordkeeping is so varied that one year recently
they had a "discrepancy" of 1200 primates).
3. Harvard is one of the few medical institutions in the country to
still use electric shock on primates. One of the most common uses of
electric shock is as a threat to force monkeys to take addictive
drugs. Denial of food is another "methodology" used to force monkeys
to take drugs.
4. Harvard seems to thrive on addicting animals to recreational
drugs, having published over 75 papers on cocaine addiction alone.
One does not have to be a graduate of Harvard to realize that
studying recreational drug use in species who do not naturally take
those drugs and who are forced to take them is both just plain sick
5. In 2004, a monkey choked to death at Harvard because he/she (sorry
for the lack of gender specificity but the USDA report calls the poor
animal "it") suffocated on a piece of plastic tubing while locked
alone in a restraint chair while the vivisector literally went to
lunch. Weak as the AWA (Animal Welfare Act) is, even it forbids
leaving a primate alone in a restraint chair. In 2009, a poor
monkey was killed (basically cooked to death) when his/her cage was
sent through the cleaner - with the monkey still in the cage! This is
6. NERPRC's Director Ronald Derosiers was on the "scientific
advisory" board that claimed that the BU bioterror lab was both
essential and safe. In conversations that we have had with a
Boston Globe reporter, we've learned that NERPRC has claimed that
they "did not, do not, and will never" have any financial connection
to the Bioterror lab. This is more than a little bit odd because
Desrosiers has admitted publicly that BU had promised NERPRC 3.1
million dollars to build a lab to "produce" primates for BU's
bioterror lab. If they can't tell the truth about money, they won't
tell the truth about anything else either.
7. Primates in labs suffer health problems and stress-related
problems unknown in wild primates. Basic science says that
experiments can only have one independent variable: if an animal is
already sick or extremely stressed out (stress impairs the immune
system), then experiments with this animal have multiple independent
variables. In simple terms, the science sucks. It is so severe of a
problem in lab animal populations that in 2003, 20% of the primates
at NERPRC were involved in studies not of human health problems but
of lab animal health problems!
8. That same study revealed that 89% of those primates
suffered "psychological abnormalities", 1 in 4 injured themselves,
and 1 in 9 injured themselves badly enough to need stitches.
Bizarrely, monkeys that pulled their own hair weren't even counted as
injuring themselves (Lutz, Well, and Novak 2003.
9. No laws regulate what actually happens in experiments. This is
left up to in-house supposedly independent IACU committees that are
supposed to review studies for animal cruelty (not that they'd ever
use that word.) The industry argues that these committees prevent
abuses and assure that animals are not harmed. In the 2004-2006
period, Harvard Medical School accumulated 11 violations of the AWA
directly related to these IACU committees. This means that either the
committees failed to do their job properly or that the vivisectors
blatantly ignored the committees. This just proves what many animal
law experts have repeatedly stated: no laws or regulations whatsoever
really control what happens to animals in labs.
10. If you took PSYCH 101, you may remember the notorious Milgram
experiments in which humans were manipulated into "shocking" subjects
in supposed "negative reinforcement" experiments. The "shocking" was
faked by professional actors out of sight of the subjects so no one
was actually harmed in an experiemnt designed to see how far people
would go in obeying authority even when it had destructive
consequences. In multiple versions of the experiment done for decades
around the world, between 60-65% of the subjects would have actually
knowingly killed the other person if the shocks were real. In one
version, 93% would have killed the other person. The only pressure on
the human subjects was peer pressure.
By contrast, some sick soul designed a test (at we're sure taxpayer
expense) to see if monkeys would shock other monkeys in order to get
food. If they shocked the other monkey, they got food; if they didn't
shock the monkey they didn't eat. Multiple monkeys refused to harm
the other monkey even though it meant that they would go hungry. One
monkey went 4 days straight without food (by comparison this would be
like us going 20 days without food) rather than harm another monkey,
and several went 2 days. Observations of chimps (Note-Harvard has no
chimps that we know of) in the wild have shown that they take special
care of group members with disabilities such as cerebral palsy with
even the alpha males taking time to groom and nurture a monkey with
Our whole human justification for subjecting these animals to the
brutal nightmare of their squandered existence is that we are morally
superior to them and can do what we want to them. Don't these 3
studies show the lie behind all vivisection?
Please join us this Saturday at Harvard to protest these
atrocities. (Details below.)
Protest for the Harvard Primates
WHAT: A public protest for the thousands of primates enslaved and
tortured by Harvard and to commemorate World Week for Animals in
Laboratories (WWAIL). Please stand up us with in this true David vs.
Goliath struggle against powerful and rich Harvard! And please see
WHY below for the most recent atrocities against primates at Harvard.
WHEN: Saturday, May 7, 2-4 PM.
WHERE: Harvard Square, Massachusetts Ave, across from Au Bon Pain
and "The Pit" in Cambridge on Massachusetts Avenue.
RSVP/INFO: Please RSVP at: rayshick (at) msn.com or just answer this
email. Weather dependent event; check your emails or call 978-257-
7062 on morning of event. Signs, banners, & literature provided. We
will be eating at Clover afterward and then attending the talk by
Gary Francione afterward; all are welcome to join us!
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.
Approximately 2000 primates are enslaved and tortured at any given
time by Harvard vivisectors - 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.
Most recently, a poor monkey was killed (basically cooked to death)
when his/her cage was sent through the cleaner - with the monkey
still in the cage! Another monkey recently died by being strangled
in his restraint chair, because he was left there by a cold-hearted
Harvard researcher while he went out for a long lunch. This is
outrageous and we ask you to help us stand up for these poor animals.
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 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.
Cruelty to the Harvard primates is commonplace and systematic.
Electodes are drilled into their heads, they agonize in horrific
experiments, and even basic decency is ignored.
One of our banners is a quote by Dr. Jane Goodall, world-renowned
primatologist, and reads, "We shouldn't be expanding the primate
research centers. We should be closing them down, all of them.
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.
DIRECTIONS: (Call on cell, listed above, on day of the protest if you need on-the-spot help.)
Via Public Transportation (best option):
Take the Red Line to the Harvard stop; or take any number of buses that come to Harvard Square. For more information and schedules, visit the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) www.mbta.com. Come up out of the T station and you will immediately need to turn right and right again as walking back aboveground over where you just came. (You are basically just going around the station.) We will be across the street to the left (And across the street from Au Bon Pain and "The Pit".)
By Car: (You can also go to: http://maps.google.com/ and type in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts.)
From the Mass Pike - East and Westbound): Take Exit 18 (Allston-or Brighton/Cambridge). Go through toll booth and bear right towards Cambridge, then get into far left lane at set of traffic lights. At 2nd traffic light (before the bridge across from the Doubletree Guest Suite Hotel) turn left onto Storrow Drive; Soldiers Field Road; exit at Harvard Square. Turn right to cross the bridge. You will be on JFK Street headed into Harvard Square. Find parking (see below for info).
From The South (I-93 North): Heading north on Route 93 take the Mass Pike. Then see above under Mass Pike directions.
From The North (I-93 South): Heading south on Route 93 exit onto Storrow Drive west. Take Harvard Square/Cambridge exit, turn right and proceed over bridge and across Memorial Drive onto JFK Street and into Harvard Square. Find parking (see below for info).
From Logan Airport: As you leave the airport, follow signs to Rt. 90, Mass. Turnpike West. Then see above under Mass Pike directions.
Street parking is available on surrounding streets in Harvard Square but spots can be hard to find. One and two hour meters require payment (quarters only) Monday through Saturday between 8am and 6pm. Here is a map showing parking garages/lots: http://www.harvardsquare.com/maps.aspx
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