St. Louis Vegans try to calm hysteria about "eco-terrorism"
According to Alexandria Graff
of St. Louis Vegans, attendees of an upcoming animal-rights conference
plan to protest Wash. U. Medical Center's research on animals this Monday at the intersection of Skinker Boulevard and Forest Park Parkway.
Graff says three weeks ago, she and
some colleagues went to Wash. U.'s campus to hand out pamphlets on
primate research, but at the main entry were met by two guards and the
chief of campus police.
Asked how they knew she was coming,
Graff says, "It's still a mystery. They probably have somebody watching
us through our e-mail list."
Graff herself says she has learned
through public records that last year, Wash. U. did research on more than
100 non-human primates, including chimpanzees. Those records are open,
she says, because the research is funded by taxpayers through grants.
She says she hopes the protest lets people know they "investigate what's happening to animals, in our city, with our money."