Group protests Edmonds animal seller

By Pat Ratliff | Nov 01, 2012

A group of animal rights protestors was in town last week demonstrating against an Edmonds company called Paris NHP (Non-Human Primate.)

According to the protest organizers, Tim and Liz Sage, “Paris Non-Human Primates is a ‘Consulting Service Offering Solutions for Biomedical Research Resources,’ but is listed by the city of Edmonds, as a ‘Domestic Animal Farm’.”

“This ‘farm’ specializes in the selling of macaque monkeys, for use in inhumane and scientifically unsound experiments that are dangerous to human health,” Tim Sage said.

“Vivisection is barbaric and archaic, and is costing more lives than it is saving. Please research and support alternatives to dangerous and unnecessary cruelty.”

Sage said that more than nine out of 10 medicines that are tested on animals fail in human clinical trials as cited by the FDA.

The protesters weren’t part of a large animal rights group, just local (Puget Sound area) people opposed to using monkeys for biomedical research.

“We are not truly affiliated with any one group, although we have received help from NARN (Northwest Animal Rights Network), and AFA (Action for Animals),” Sage said.

“We also run an animal rights awareness group on Facebook, and you can find us by going there and searching for Pacific Northwest Animal Rights Information.”

The group of about 15 protesters demonstrated for three and a half hours last Friday and plans to hold further demonstrations in the future.

“This was our first demonstration at Paris Non-Human Primates, and we were just trying to get a feel for the place and the residents, police, etc.,” Sage said. “The reception seemed well enough, and we handed out flyers to those out braving the rain. I had a couple conversations with concerned residents.

“Many weren't interested, as protesting has such a negative stigma these days, despite us being very peaceful and standing up for a good cause that many agree with.

“We hope to keep increasing awareness, and plan on coming back every three to four weeks, maybe more in the future.”

Paris NHP did not respond to requests for comment.

The company, however, is led by a scientist who appears to have some solid credentials. The Paris NHP website says:

"Our chairman, William R. Morton, VMD, has more than 30 years of experience in biomedical research, laboratory animal management, and facility design for domestic and international partners.

“Dr. Morton was Director of the Washington National Primate Research Center and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute for Laboratory Animal Research.

“He also served on the National Advisory Council for Research Resources. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science, the Asia Pacific Biosafety Association, and the Society of Toxicology."

The next demonstration in Edmonds is planned for from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at 4th and Dayton.


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