Saturday was a great protest in Gainesville because we received a lot of support from people passing by — even rolling down windows to ask questions. Student pedestrians stopped to talk as well! Would have been a good day for leaflets… next time! We had 7 awesome ARAs from Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Melrose and of course Gainesville! In 2014, it’s very difficult to see and hear people’s incredulous reactions when they find out there are primates being tortured right there in their own city and school.
In a way it gives me hope for the little guys being freed because maybe when more people find out, more people will object in the form of not giving money to fund the testing. The timing for this protest was important because I feel we needed to follow up Eleventh Hour For Animal’s call for a federal investigation into specific little monkeys’ treatment and death, and, the recent articles in Gainesville covering UF loosing lawsuits to ARAs to obtains public records.
Following the protest, Lisa Grossman and Cathy Piperni continued further south to sort out UF public records at Camille Marino’s house in Wildwood. The monkey torture (vet) records were obtained by Karen Kline. Most institutions honor records requests by way of a disc and organized entries. As you can see, that’s not what UF submitted. We sorted, counted and assessed the information as best we could. The records were, of course, records of angering cruel brutality that Eleventh Hour For Animals will be posting. Poor little babies.