1999 Primate Freedom Tour
Beginning June 1st, at the Washington Regional Primate
Research Center in Seattle, WA, the 1999 Primate Freedom
Tour will spend the summer at research facilities across the
United States. The tour ends August 30 at the Poolsville NIH
Center in Poolsville, MD.
August 2nd, the tour arrives in Columbus. A press conference is planned
for 10:00am, the next day, and would take place at Wiseman Hall on the Ohio State
OSU had provided some free publicity for the Tour the week before by inviting the news media
to an "Open House" at Dr. Boysen's primate facility. (Note: This is NOT the Primate
Lab located just a few yards away). At this location the chimpanzee's and other primates
are allowed out of their cages. They can walk outside, breathe fresh air, and watch the clouds pass
over their enclosures.
The Freedom Riders were not going to visit the peace and tranquil setting of that facility, located just off of Godown Rd in Northwest Columbus.
No, Wiseman Hall, a setting of death, pain, and restraint for animals, was their target.
This baboon has NEVER seen the sky, breathed fresh air, nor been outside her cage. This is how the
experimentally primate spends it's life at The Ohio State University.
More to follow - including research links and who is killing the animals at OSU.
Outside of Wiseman Hall.
Attendance at the monthly ILACUC meetings has shown that Battelle is a big provider of
dogs and non-human primates to the university. Here is the tour outside of the King Ave. entrance
to Battelle. What does Battelle do to the animals? The 1998 USDA/APHIS report (11/24/97) indicates
385 non-human primates were at this facility.
The tour moves to the Ohio Statehouse. Hundreds of pieces of literature are distributed to downtown workers.
Demanding a public forum be held to talk about the use of non-human primates for research. OSU declines to set a
future date for a meeting.
pictured: Craig Rosebraugh, from
the Primate Freedom Tour, William Baeslack III-interium VP for Research, Lee Tashjian-VP
University Outreach, Ronald Glaser-Experimentor, William Yonushonis-Director for
Outside of Bricker Hall - For a couple of hours no one was going in or out of the building, as protestors blocked the doors on the outside
and OSU Police blocked the doors on the inside.
To learn about the Primate Tour visit The Coalition to End
Primate Experiments website.
Revised -- Sep 18, 1999