NW IDA's main focus was the nicotine and other cruel experiments conducted at the Oregon Health and Science University's
(OHSU) Oregon Primate Center. In Portland IDA held 7 WWAIL events and had more than 50 activists attend and participate in a busy week of outreach for animals in labs.
We kicked off the week with a door hanger outreach where volunteers walked area neighborhoods leaving information about how Portlanders can take action to end Eliot Spindel's cruel and useless nicotine experiments on mother monkeys and their babies.
We also had IDA volunteers tabling at a local Earth Day celebration where hundreds of people got the message about helping animals in labs as a part of larger message focused on protecting the environment.
On Tuesday April 22nd, IDA's Matt Rossell participated in a national press event where activists in seven cities with large primate labs - including Davis California, Boston, Seattle, and Madison Wisconsin - held news conferences to expose these federally funded labs ongoing refusal to report honestly the pain and distress of primates suffering in their labs was required by the Animal Welfare Act. This event was covered by the Willamette Week newsweekly and Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Throughout the week, IDA also held three demonstrations at OHSU facilities including a health clinic, their main campus and the Oregon National Primate Research Center. Our giant 10 foot banner could not be missed by passersby as activists handed out literature to pedestrians and drivers stopped at the busy intersections.
IDA concluded the week of Portland events by leafleting at the March of Dimes Walk for Babies, passing out information about how participants can reform the charity to help more babies by eliminating wasteful animal experiments. The Radical Cheerleaders joined IDA near the finish line with a rousing round of new cheers crafted for the occasion.