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Oregon HSU STOP Torturing Monkeys for Human Obesity!

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Oregon health and Science University is practicing the barbaric act of using primates to test largely preventable human conditions: OBESITY & DIABETES. Please act today to help the monkeys.


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Joanna D (216)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 5:21 am
Please sing and forward the petition:
Targeting: HuffingtonPost Staff (All Staff), Editors at New York Times (New York Times), Nancy Haigwood, Ph.D. (Director at OHSU), see more...HuffingtonPost Staff (All Staff), Editors at New York Times (New York Times), Nancy Haigwood, Ph.D. (Director at OHSU), C.J. Doane, D.V.M. (Associate Director, Division of Animal Resources at OHSU), Charles Roberts, Ph.D. (Associate Director for Research at OHSU), P. Michael Conn, Ph.D. (Director, Office of Research Advocacy at OHSU), and Dana Morris, M.S.M., PMP (Project Manager at OHSU)
Started by: Victoria Rose

Oregon health and Science University is practicing the barbaric act of using primates to test largely preventable human conditions: OBESITY & DIABETES.

Shiva and her colony which are mostly Rhesus Macaques are fattened up being fed daily with fattening foods, allowed no exercise, caged and once obese enough, they test various drugs and procedures on them.

Dr Grove said: “Our research model is a sedentary lifestyle with calorically dense diets”

Monkeys in this facility receive daily painful insulin shots to treat the human inflicted diabetes, and some develop clogged arteries. One monkey already died from a heart attack at a very young age. The unfortunate primate that is going through this suffers between months and years for human conditions that can largely be prevented by eating a healthy diet, which is obvious from this information. They had to fatten up the monkeys with unhealthy foods to be able to test these preventable diseases.

This doesn’t stop there as some endure the painful gastric bypass surgery and elevates to the point of killing these creatures to examine their brain and pancreas.

We are talking about a facility imprisoning over 4200 Rhesus Macaques monkeys in an unnatural environment for various "animal testing"

Rhesus Macaques are active and social creatures often enjoying life neighboring to humans at location of choice. They are wonderful swimmers and learn to handle the water at a tender age of 2 days old. They live on a kind herbivorous diet which is made up of a large variety of plant species

Rhesus Macaques have demonstrated a variety of complex cognitive abilities, including the ability to make same-different judgments, understand simple rules, and monitor their own mental states. We humans share 93% of our DNA sequence with Rhesus Macaques, proving that we shared a common ancestor roughly 25 million years ago.

Besides the unnecessary testing on primates for a mostly human caused preventable disease being immoral and void of compassion, Physicians Committee of Responsible Medicine has proven that there are kinder alternatives.

Joanna D (216)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 5:26 am
Please go to the link in my news title - it's written by Marc Bekoff, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, who is a columnist for

I'm pasting also an article from NYT, a link to the article can be tricky - if you want to go to the site please copy and paste:

"HILLSBORO, Ore. — Like many these days, Shiva sits around too much, eating rich, fatty foods and sipping sugary drinks. He has the pot belly to prove it, one that nearly touches the floor — when he’s on all fours, that is.
At 45 pounds, Shiva is twice his normal weight and carries much of it in his belly. He can eat all the pellets he wants and snack on peanut butter, but gets barely any exercise. More Photos »

Shiva belongs to a colony of monkeys who have been fattened up to help scientists study the twin human epidemics of obesity and diabetes. The overweight monkeys also test new drugs aimed at treating those conditions.

“We are trying to induce the couch-potato style,” said Kevin L. Grove, who directs the “obese resource” at the Oregon National Primate Research Center here. “We believe that mimics the health issues we face in the United States today.”

The corpulent primates serve as useful models, experts say, because they resemble humans much more than laboratory rats do, not only physiologically but in some of their feeding habits. They tend to eat when bored, even when they are not really hungry. And unlike human subjects who are notorious for fudging their daily calorie or carbohydrate counts, a caged monkey’s food intake is much easier for researchers to count and control.

“Nonhuman primates don’t lie to you,” said Dr. Grove, who is a neuroscientist. “We know exactly how much they are eating.”

To allow monitoring of their food intake, some of the obese monkeys are kept in individual cages for months or years, which also limits their exercise. That is in contrast to most of the monkeys here who live in group indoor/outdoor cages with swings and things to climb on.

While this research is not entirely new and has been the target of some animal rights’ group complaints, demand for the overweight primates is growing as part of the battle against the nation’s obesity epidemic, according to Dr. Grove and other researchers working with such monkeys in Florida, Texas and North Carolina, and also overseas.

Some tests have already produced tangible results. Rhythm Pharmaceuticals, a start-up company in Boston, tested its experimental diet drug on some of the Oregon monkeys. After eight weeks, the animals reduced their food intake 40 percent and lost 13 percent of their weight, without apparent heart problems.

“We could get a much better readout on chronic safety and efficacy early,” said Bart Henderson, the president of Rhythm, which now plans to move into human testing.

In another study, a group of academic researchers is using the monkeys to compare gastric bypass surgery with weight loss from forced dieting. One goal is to try to figure out the hormonal mechanisms by which the surgery can quickly resolve diabetes, so that drugs might one day be developed to have the same effect. To that end, the study will do what cannot be done with people — kill some of the monkeys to examine their brains and pancreases.

Shiva, a young adult, gained about 15 pounds in six months and weighs about 45 pounds, twice the normal weight for his age. Like other monkeys with a weight problem, he carries much of the excess in his belly, not his arms and legs.

The monkey’s daily diet consists of dried chow pellets, with about one-third of the calories coming from fat, similar to a typical American diet, Dr. Grove said, though the diet also contains adequate protein and nutrients.

They can eat as many pellets as they want. They also snack daily on a 300-calorie chunk of peanut butter, and are sometimes treated to popcorn or peanuts. Gummy bears were abandoned because they stuck to the monkeys’ teeth.

They also drink a fruit-flavored punch with the fructose equivalent of about a can of soda a day. In all, they might consume about twice as many calories as a normal-weight monkey.

Dr. Grove and researchers at some other centers say the high-fructose corn syrup appears to accelerate the development of obesity and diabetes.

“It wasn’t until we added those carbs that we got all those other changes, including those changes in body fat,” said Anthony G. Comuzzie, who helped create an obese baboon colony at the Southwest National Primate Research Center in San Antonio.

Still, about 40 percent do not put on a lot of weight.

Barbara C. Hansen of the University of South Florida said calories, but not high fat, were important. “To suggest that humans and monkeys get fat because of a high-fat diet is not a good suggestion,” she said.

Dr. Hansen, who has been doing research on obese monkeys for four decades, prefers animals that become naturally obese with age, just as many humans do. Fat Albert, one of her monkeys who she said was at one time the world’s heaviest rhesus, at 70 pounds, ate “nothing but an American Heart Association-recommended diet,” she said.

Mice and rats remain the main animals for medical research, but the effects on rodents often do not mirror those in people.

Rinat Neuroscience had an experimental drug that sharply reduced appetite in rodents. But obese baboons in San Antonio doubled or tripled their food intake when they got the drug.

The surprising result prompted Pfizer, which acquired Rinat, to explore whether the drug instead could promote weight gain, perhaps for cancer patients or others suffering from wasting.

Some companies see no need to use primates to study obesity and diabetes, saying it is almost as easy to do human studies.

Monkey studies can cost up to several million dollars. The animals are so precious that only a small number can be used. And there are ethical reviews before a study can begin.

“Doing primate studies is about as difficult as doing human studies from an ethical standpoint,” said Dr. Lee M. Kaplan, director of the weight center at Massachusetts General Hospital, who is one of the researchers in the bariatric surgery study here.

Animal rights activists say primate studies subject animals to needless suffering, like the stress of being caged. Two activists got jobs here in the last decade and presented evidence of what they said were mistreated and unhealthy monkeys.

Jim Newman, a spokesman for the primate center, said the accusations were unfounded and that after both instances, inspectors from the Department of Agriculture found no violations of rules.

Activists also question whether the studies are needed.

For example, they point to studies in the last two years by Dr. Grove and colleagues showing that when pregnant monkeys ate the high-fat diet, their offspring had metabolic problems. The babies were also more prone to anxiety when confronted with threatening objects, like a Mr. Potato Head with huge eyes.

“Terrorizing Monkeys with Mr. Potato Head is Research?” Alisa Mullins of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wrote in November. She noted that in the study, fetuses were taken from wombs and killed so their brains could be dissected. She also questioned the need to study fat monkeys: “Gee, couldn’t he have hung out at the local McDonald’s and learned the same thing?”

Dr. Grove said he understood the protesters’ view: “I applaud them for that pressure because it makes us do our job better.”

But he said the study found the diet induced chemical changes in the brains of fetuses that might be responsible for the problems in the offspring. The findings might also apply to humans but could not be studied in people.

The studies also found something else that could be important for people — that eating a healthy diet during pregnancy reduced troubles in the offspring. That suggests, he said, that the diet of a pregnant woman matters more than whether she is obese.

He also defended keeping the animals in some studies in individual cages. Not all labs do. At Wake Forest University, the monkeys are housed in pairs and separated only at meal times so that researchers can monitor what each monkey eats.

“These are social animals,” said Janice D. Wagner, a professor of pathology there. “We think they are happier that way.”

But Dr. Grove said he needed the animals separated at all times so they could snack between meals, since that is an important reason people gain weight. And allowing them outside, even one at a time, would mean they would exercise more.

“Our research model is a sedentary lifestyle with calorically dense diets,” he said.

As pharmaceutical companies move some research to less expensive countries, the obese monkeys are following. “This is a booming industry in China,” said Dr. Grove. “They have colonies of thousands of them.”


Brenda M (133)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 5:32 am
N'd, and Signed, Thanks Joanna.
With added comments....
Unacceptable and Excuse-less!There are enough people with diabetes and/or are overweight to document what happens! We have enough technology and advanced graphics for computer generated analysis ability to where it leaves you excuse less for this unacceptable mistreatment of another living thing. It is horrible that these things are still allowed to go on, it has all been done before, please use already learned methods and results, common sense, experience and compassion.

Thank you for signing the petition "STOP Torturing Monkeys for Human Obesity!"


Joanna D (216)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 6:20 am
Thank you Brenda!!
While most of people around the World oppose using primates in animal experiments, the so called "scientists" keep on torturing the animals instead of doing research!!!
Politicians and the animal testing industry should already know that we're fed up with their ignorance !!!!!!!!!!!!
Ban animal experiments and help to cure people !!!


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Saturday February 26, 2011, 6:43 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 6:56 am
Thank you, Joanna. I signed the petition.

mary f (200)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 7:18 am
You signed this petition on 02/24/11.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 7:42 am
Signed, noted. Thanks.

Charla D (67)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 8:03 am
Signed! It is so wrong for innocent creatures to suffer for diseases that can already be managed and treated by natural and existing means and which are largely preventable in the first place through proper diet and exercise.

Apolonia Pl (392)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 8:11 am
Signed as 1031...

Tatiana T (92)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 8:44 am
Of course signed. Thank you Joanna! This is totally unacceptable, unnecessary and cruel. Animals are not objects. I wonder when will everybody understand that!

Simone B (7)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 8:47 am
Signed, thank you Joanna.

Judging by the people we get unfortunate glimpses of on the endless TV '15 minutes of fame' - which is global, I'm sure - where people have this overwhelming desire to exhibit every illness, deformity, perversion, unhealthy tendency, sexual preference. . . . - oh I'm sure there are people who would be only too happy to be the human guinea pigs here. What !!? Sit around all day, watching tv, no exercise, food brought to you - put it in a tabloid classified column and the phones will go into meltdown !!

Leave these poor creatures alone. They don't belong here. We don't have the right to torture them. Evil people.

Elisa M (93)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 9:02 am

Previously signed, goal is 1500-- sigs as of now 1,037

Thanks for posting Joanna

Catherine Turley (192)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 9:10 am
and what good is it to use data from monkeys that don't move around. i know many obese people. the majority are on their feet all day.

Keith W (2)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 9:20 am
Signed and shared, A very worthy cause. Don't you just hate being human.

Joanna D (216)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 11:10 am
Please, send emails to Oregon National Primate Research Center:

Oregon National Primate Research Center
Oregon Health & Science University
505 NW 185th Avenue
Beaverton, OR 97006-3448

Phone: 503-645-1141

Public Information Officer

Diana Gordon

Press Officer

Jim Newman


Nancy Haigwood, Ph.D.

Project Manager

Dana Morris, M.S.M., PMP

Associate Director of Administration

Richard Doughty, M.S., C.M.A.

Manager, Human Resources

Jane Rosato

Associate Director, Division of Animal Resources

C.J. Doane, D.V.M.

Associate Director for Research
Charles Roberts, Ph.D.


Director, Office of Research Advocacy
P. Michael Conn, Ph.D.

To contact OHSU use phone numbers and/or email form:

more info about Animal Research Division at OHSU:

"The Division of Animal Resources plays a critical role by providing nonhuman primates and expertise to research projects in all divisions. The Division of Animal Resources has been reorganized, in keeping with the increase in the NHP population, funded research projects using NHPs, the development of new animal facilities, and the increasingly complex nature of managing multiple disease models, aging, housing, genetics, etc.

An area of new focus is the establishment of Working Groups to develop interdisciplinary research programs. These three Working Groups—Biology of Aging, Metabolic Disease, and Stem Cells & Developmental Biology—are co-led by Core Scientists from different divisions, and represent a close collaboration with veterinarians and professional staff in the Division of Animal Resources. These are placed on the Organizational chart connecting the Scientific and Animal Resource Divisions to emphasize the connectivity and interdisciplinary nature of this endeavor.

Currently, three Special Resource Programs (Primate Genetics, Aging Nonhuman Primates, and Obese Nonhuman Primates) have been developed to manage and support the various NHP resources at the Center. The heads of these Programs report to the Director, since their resources are utilized across all four Divisions. These Programs also have oversight committees to ensure that the NHP resources serve the scientific needs of the research programs and are managed in a cost effective manner. These programs play a key role in enabling the research in the Working Groups."

Kay F (550)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 11:14 am
Already signed but shared again, thanks Joanna.

Joanna D (216)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 11:29 am
In October last year Animal Defense League activists stretched a banner on Hawthorne Bridge: "OHSU: Stop Killing Monkeys Now!"

Animal rights activists stretched a 60-foot banner across the Hawthorne Bridge this morning targeting the Oregon National Primate Research Center at OHSU.

In support of National Primate Liberation Week, the Portland Animal Defense League hung a banner that read "OHSU: Stop Killing Monkeys Now!" for morning commuters to see.

"It's just pretty much animal abuse that's happening here, but they're calling it science," said Stephanie Boston, an Animal Defense League volunteer. "We're in a campaign to let people know what their tax dollars are funding."

The sign -- removed by authorities shortly after it went up -- is the latest in an ongoing clash between activists and the Primate Research Center, which houses about 4,200 primates and is one of eight national primate research centers. In June, demonstrators blocked the entrance to the lab, and police arrested five activists for obstructing traffic.

Stop Animal Exploitation Now, an Ohio-based animal rights group, recently ranked the lab at Oregon Health & Science University as the nation's sixth worst animal lab out of 44 others. The group and Animal Defense League say 259 primates at the research center have been abused or deprived of food and clean cages, citing an annual report that the primate center files with the USDA.

Research center spokesman Jim Newman said the groups are referring to exemptions to the Animal Welfare Act in the report -- all of which were legally approved by the USDA. For example, he said, sometimes cages weren't cleaned because moving the animals would cause them too much stress, or monkeys weren't fed fruits and vegetable because they were receiving Vitamin C as part of a study.
In 2009, the USDA held the center responsible for two primate deaths, although issued no fine. The center's latest evaluation shows no violations.

"Our end goal is to shut it down," Boston said. "It's being funded by tax dollars. People should know where their money is going."

Newman said the public should think about what would happen if the primate center closed. "A lot of research would grind to a halt," he said. "I think the same thing should be posed to people with cancer or Parkinson's Disease."

Joanna D (216)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 11:33 am
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Past Member (0)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 11:34 am

Rhonda Maness (580)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 1:09 pm
Thanks Joanna

linda b (186)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 1:12 pm
Signed thank you Joanna

Shannon Hudgens (18)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 1:13 pm
signed! this is so sad and needs to be stopped!

MmAway M (519)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 1:51 pm
Already signed and thank you Joanna for getting this out for needed signatures. Went to check #'s 1,087 right now, did forward and will try to get to all of the other links for letters you posted!

This is just so horrible for fit words!

Walter Firth (45)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 1:52 pm
Noted and signed many times before .These petitions are ignored time after time.Government intervention is needed. We need to have some polies on side. How people involved in animal testing sleep at night is a mystery to me.Surely they must feel some guilt,or have their consciences become atrophied like those of Dr..Mengele and his nazi compatriots.

desanka s (416)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 2:34 pm
Done! Thank you Joanna and Marilyn for forwarding.

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 2:56 pm
It is a shame that these animals are being abused in the name of science. Why not give state and/or federal prisoners the chance to participate in place of these monkeys?

Anna Borsey (66)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 3:08 pm
Noted & Signed, of course!

My comment:

"I am virtually speechless with rage! You are torturing these monkies to find out if you can create a drug that will "cure" obesity in humans!!! Obesity is almost always self-inflicted. NO sentient being should be tortured and ultimately murdered for the sake of weak-willed, spineless, self-indulgent humans! ! ! STOP this callous, barbaric, sadist abuse of monkies and primates NOW! ! !"

In my opinion, ALL abusers, torturers and murderers of animals, ditto child abusers and serial killers, should be used for these experiments. This scum has forfeited any right to protection and a life in freedom, among other humans.

Anna Borsey (66)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 3:11 pm
"As pharmaceutical companies move some research to less expensive countries, the obese monkeys are following. “This is a booming industry in China,” said Dr. Grove. “They have colonies of thousands of them.” "


Tina J (37)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 3:32 pm
aaahhh, why? It doesn't matter why humans are obese. there are many causes and reasons. There's NO "magic" pill that will fix it. The first step is acknowledging the problem and then you can start to address the issue. Here's a novel idea, Instead of using a monkey, use a person. Better still, let's not give them the choice about what chemicals their body gets subjected to. Once again, this about human vanity (ok, let's mask it as a "health issue") and the fact that we want a quick fix, we don't want to put in the hard work.

Gysele van Santen (213)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 4:52 pm
signed, thnx.

Margaret S (53)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 5:36 pm
Gladly signed,unbelievable that this is going on,so unnessary and down right cruel,thanks Joanna.

may Howie (246)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 5:55 pm
signed,thank you,there is no need for this cruely

. (0)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 7:01 pm
Thank you Joanna. Noted and signed petition.

Melissah C (389)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 8:19 pm

Shirley S (187)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 9:20 pm
Signed & noted thank you Joanna

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Saturday February 26, 2011, 10:25 pm
noted and signed

Sunday February 27, 2011, 12:22 am

wiz wi (7)
Sunday February 27, 2011, 12:51 am
why is some people so evil in this world . they would not like it if the monkey torture them .it make me sick

Pam F (221)
Sunday February 27, 2011, 1:36 am
Grotesque :(
Signed and shared, thanks Joanna.

Simone B (7)
Sunday February 27, 2011, 2:21 am
Maybe it is time for Governments to look at this a different way. As it seems that the world has a high number of humans who need to be protected from themselves,and we label cigarettes as health hazards, so it becomes personal choice - maybe it's time the empty, highly-calorific, nutritionally-empty, oversweeteened ' food items ' were labelled likewise ?

We eat more than we need. Science's answer to this is to torture the world's beautiful animals - because we are lazy and stupid? So Governments are prepared to back this fact financially. I remember many years back the tabloids with photos of ' the smoking beagles ' ? Until the public are confronted with what is done behind lab doors - in their name - and not served up the anaesthetised ' scientists have discovered ' blurb, this will continue.

In the UK, the Coalition Government pledged to reduce animal testing. Every Conservative and Lib Dem MP needs to be held to account over this pledge ; for them not to support it is to go against their own Governments' declaration ?

In the UK, the Home Office minister to be held to account over this,is Lynne Featherstone. Lib Dem. Who in the run-up to the election gave 100% support to the VOTE4ANIMALS campaign. Who was one of forty-three MPs who were awarded the Protecting Animals in Democracy Certificate, at Westminster, by Dr Dan Lyons of Uncaged Campaigns.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 27, 2011, 2:23 am
Signed and noted, thanks

Renee A (4)
Sunday February 27, 2011, 4:19 am
Signed & disgusted,Obesity is most time because humans put all that food in there mouths...we are a poor excuse for the human race.
We sit & let these awful things continue to happen.

Ira M (211)
Sunday February 27, 2011, 4:25 am
Signed and noted, thank you!

Elisabeth T (0)
Sunday February 27, 2011, 4:39 am
Signed, what a disgusting thing to do to animals, and why? So sad, poor animals....

Denise P (65)
Sunday February 27, 2011, 5:23 am
Already signed. I find this appalling. Everyone knows what causes obesity so why is this research being done on monkeys? When are these scientists going to come clean and give the real reasons why they continue to do research when it's been proven that 98% of the research done on animals is irrelevant and of no benefit to humans. Why don’t they do their studies on obese humans (enough of them around) and leave these poor animals alone. Noted. Thank you Joana.

Nancy Roussy (79)
Sunday February 27, 2011, 7:14 am
Signed and noted, thank you!

Anna Borsey (66)
Sunday February 27, 2011, 9:24 am
Denise P. - "When are these scientists going to come clean and give the real reasons why they continue to do research when it's been proven that 98% of the research done on animals is irrelevant and of no benefit to humans."

The REAL reasons are two.
IF they manage to come up with a really useful drug, the rewards would be incalculable: money, kudos, more research grants and maybe even the Nobel Price, with the prize sum currently at
10,000,000.00 SEK = 1,557,220.05 USD OR 10,000,000.00 SEK = 966,737.04 GBP ! ! !
Not to be sneezed at, even if two, three or four scientists have to share the prize!

BUT there is also the stark reality that scientific and medical researchers DO NOT WANT TO BE UNEMPLOYED! They have trained for this job (a long, expensive training) and they quite simply want to keep their jobs and work at what they have trained for!

Humans are often venal and selfish, and VERY good at deluding themselves. It is quite possible that at least some of these animal torturers actually BELIEVE their own lies!

Anna Borsey (66)
Sunday February 27, 2011, 9:37 am
"Rinat Neuroscience had an experimental drug that sharply reduced appetite in rodents. But obese baboons in San Antonio doubled or tripled their food intake when they got the drug. "

Well, the above shows quite clearly how misleading animal tests are as the results quite simply ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE from one species to another!

The "Biology of Aging," is currently one of the research programs at OHSU. In my opinion, humans are completely OBSESSED with the notion of prolonging both the individual human life span and the average human life span. Once again, other sentient species are paying a VERY heavy price (their lives, their health, their pleasure in being alive) for the sake of human research into the process of aging. For G-d's sake, STOP focusing on your own miserable life and consider the lives of other creatures too!

"Newman said the public should think about what would happen if the primate center closed. "A lot of research would grind to a halt," he said. "I think the same thing should be posed to people with cancer or Parkinson's Disease." "

I have had breast cancer myself, but I refused the chemo therapy on the grounds that animals had been tortured to create this drug. I WILL NOT buy a few more years of life - a very uncertain life, of uncertain length, suffering from ghastly side effects from the cancer drugs - at the price of INCALCULABLE SUFFERING caused to other sentient beings! ! !

Cyrille D (140)
Sunday February 27, 2011, 10:13 am
Noted & Signed.

Simone B (7)
Sunday February 27, 2011, 10:15 am
Anna B. - we've agreed on this before, haven't we ? That humans are absolutely terrified of death. As if death has ever been optional.
Man is a cruel, greedy, selfish species, never satisfied, and with that comes the arrogance of our power over other sentient beings who can not escape us. How dangerous we are, I'm sure that in the end man will get exactly what he deserves.

Barb K (1685)
Sunday February 27, 2011, 1:20 pm
Poor monkeys!! Signed, thnx Joanna. The signatures are well over 2,000!!

Phyllis P (232)
Sunday February 27, 2011, 1:43 pm
Thank you for signing the petition "STOP Torturing Monkeys for Human Obesity!"

Mervi R (74)
Sunday February 27, 2011, 2:34 pm
noted, signed, emails sent

Charlene S (126)
Sunday February 27, 2011, 8:26 pm
Noted and signed with a very terse message added under comments. This is a "no brainer" all the way!

Natalie Away J (125)
Monday February 28, 2011, 8:11 am
Noted and signed, what are they doing to these poor monkeys, that monkey looks so so sad and unhappy.

Charlene S (126)
Monday February 28, 2011, 6:07 pm
Did anyone else get a page comment back from these vivisectors? I did. Here it is:
Dear C. Shumate:

Thank you for your note regarding the obesity study that we are conducting here at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. As you know, obesity is a serious problem in our country and around the world. The CDC reports that as many 1/3rd of American adults are obese, and the condition is also increasingly seen in children. In response to these troubling statistics, First Lady Michelle Obama made the reduction of childhood obesity her personal cause. Obesity is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and numerous other diseases. Understanding the root causes of obesity is critical to being able to offer preventions, cures, or treatments to the millions of people who are struggling with this condition around the world.

While we know that eating too much and not exercising enough can lead to obesity, it is a complex disease with many related health issues that are poorly understood. Furthermore, it is not well understood why it is so difficult to lose weight once a person becomes obese. Studies in nonhuman primates are beginning to reveal insights into these issues and provide important answers for how to prevent as well as treat obesity and its associated diseases. Dr. Grove’s research is focused on understanding how diets high in fats and calories (common in America, and increasingly common in the rest of the world) impact the long-term health of children, putting them at increased risk for diabetes, heart disease and even mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. This research could change how we look at and treat such childhood diseases.

It appears that you were given some inaccurate information about our center which you included in your letter. The first is that “over 4000 monkeys are kept caged for this research.” This is not true. We care for approximately 4,300 non-human primates at our facility. However, most live outdoors in large breeding groups, in much larger pens than any zoo would have. About 50 are participating in the obesity studies highlighted in the New York Times.

I would like to call your attention to an incorrect statement, namely that “the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has proven that there are kinder alternatives” to the need for animal models in biomedical research. Given that animal studies are very expensive and difficult to do, if alternatives existed institutions would rapidly adopt them. While scientists and others are working very hard to produce alternatives, those that are available have very narrow applications. We do make use of such alternatives here (including cell and tissue culture), but these options do not replace the need for a complex system that can only be provided by a living organism. And contrary to the beliefs of some, a computer cannot model a complex system, such as a breathing lung or a beating heart.

Also, I would like to take issue with your exhortation that we “look past monetary gain.” If you read the papers or keep up with the news, you know that the budget for research in this country is likely to be cut yet again. If monetary gain were an issue for scientists, they would be doing something else besides research. There is no money in biomedical research, just the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping millions of people and animals who are suffering from disease.

We recognize that accepting the need for animals in research can be a difficult process, and we appreciate your concern for the animals enrolled in the studies that are being conducted here. All research studies that are conducted at ONPRC must pass through an extensive review process by a number of oversight bodies before they are funded. Only the most important research questions and the most meticulously crafted research designs are undertaken. The care of all animals at the Center is regulated by a number of laws (including the Animal Welfare Act), and overseen by the USDA, which visits the Center at least twice a year (unannounced) to ensure that rules and regulations are being followed. For more information about external and internal oversight of the Center, visit

Before, during, and after participation in a study our animals receive state of the art veterinary care, compassionately and ethically delivered by personnel who, like yourself, care deeply about animal welfare. This commitment to the very highest standard of care results in our animals living nearly twice as long as their counterparts in the wild. If you would like more information about animal care at ONPRC, visit

I realize that you and I may never agree on the essential need for animals in research, but I appreciate that you care for animals. The fact that they deserve our compassion and our respect, as well as the best possible care we can provide, is something I think we can agree on. If you would like to learn more about biomedical research, the following websites may be of interest to you:

I hope this information is helpful to you. Please let me know if you have questions, or would like additional information.


Diana Gordon

Education & Outreach Coordinator

END OF BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thomas C (116)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 8:04 am
Noted and signed

Michela M (3964)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 1:07 pm
SIGNED and NOTED!! Michela

Constance F (418)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 11:07 am
An absolute perversion. Noted. Signed. I can tell you why everyone is fat with heart disease and diabetes!!!!

Jeanette Steffi G (189)
Friday March 4, 2011, 10:21 pm
Animal obesity and human obesity, though similar cases, are completely different researches. They want to find meds and cures for obesity? There's such a thing we call exercise and eating fruits or a balanced diet. These people, as they call themselves, "scientists," are but people who wish to satisfy their avarice. Dr. Grove, as I read from the C2 Causes tackling the same topic, said that PETA's efforts to stop their inhumanity even makes him do his so called "job" better. Some sick man that mad "scientist" is.

Signed and noted, thanks for the news.

cristiana t (10)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 8:05 am

ali hamilton (9)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 6:45 pm
just so wrong!

Ioana B (132)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 1:44 am

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i have signed it.

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