On January 23, 2008 local members and supporters of In Defense of Animals held an educational outreach at the Oregon Health Science University Richmond neighborhood Family Health Center on the corner of SE 39th and Division in Portland Oregon.
Their purpose was to inform the public and workers at the Oregon Health Science University offices at that location about nicotine research performed by Eliot Spindel at the OHSU Primate Center.
For over 20 years Spindel has been receiving tax dollars to conduct nicotine experiments on monkeys, experiments which have devastating effects on these animals. Since 1992 the National Institute of Health (NIH) has given him $7.6 million for his research, money which will continue until 2012.
"Every time his funding runs out, he changes his experiment a little bit and gets funded again," said Matt Rossell, of In Defense of Animals."
This is a 7 minute video, which includes interviews with three of the participants:
According to a flyer handed out at the event, "Spindel implants nicotine pumps into the backs of pregnant monkeys, delivering daily doses of the addictive substance to the mothers so that he can cut their babies out at various stages of development and dissect their lungs."
Matt Rossell said that "this is a ridiculous experiment," that the money would be better spent providing smoking cessation education for pregnant women who are finding it difficult to quit smoking.
"This is coming at a time when OHSU just announced that they are shutting down all kinds of services, the dental clinics, outlying services for rural folks...why waste this money on nicotine research, torturing monkeys when we could use it to help people and keep these other clinics open?"
"The early experiment that were done misled people into believing that smoking wasn't as dangerous as it is. This is an example of how animal research doesn't work, that you can't use an animal reliably as a model for human disease, and there are certainly human patients that they can and are studying when it comes to nicotine." Matt can be reached at 503-249-9996 or Matt@idausa.org.
In Defense of Animals asks the public to please let OHSU and the National Heart, Lung and Heart Institute of the National Institute of Health hear that you want these experiments stopped.
Joseph Robertson, Jr., MD
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, Oregon, 97239-3098
email@example.com (Dr. Roberson's assistant)
Elizebeth G. Nabel, MD
Director, National Hear, Lung and Heart Institute
Building 31, Room 5A48
31 Center Dr. MSC 2486
If you work in OHSU's animal labs or know someone who does, please email firstname.lastname@example.org;
Or call 1-888-WBHELPS to report wrongdoing.
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