Letter to the Editor re Oregon National Primate Research Center
Date submitted: April 25, 2013
News outlet: The Oregonian
Sometimes we are slow to do the right thing; reluctant to make a bold decision even if it would significantly benefit others or make the world a more peaceful place. Sometimes we wait for others to chart a course and are only comfortable following their path toward social justice. In extreme cases, we drag our feet and actively resist the birth of a just world.
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is not going to lead the way toward a more compassionate world for animals. It is simply not. But with the recent announcement by Harvard Medical School that it will be closing the New England Primate Research Center perhaps wheels are in motion. OHSU would be wise to follow their lead by making a similar announcement with respect to the Oregon National Primate Research Center.
Justice demands that every facility dedicated to imprisoning and tormenting animals be shuttered.