Five animal rights activists were arrested Monday morning during a protest blocking the road to the Oregon Health and Science University’s National Primate Research Center in Beaverton.
Animal rights groups were protesting the center’s use of primates in medical research. The demonstration included between 30 and 50 activists from groups including the Portland Animal Defense League and national group Stop Animal Exploitation Now.
The barrier included several activists hooked together through large tubes. The tubes were placed in the road to the facility with activists lying several feet apart.
Michael Budkie, co-founder of SAEN, said the protesters had been at the facility for four hours prior to the arrests, starting at 8:30 a.m. The activists set up a barrier to prevent traffic to and from the facility, though a Hillsboro Police Report said that no traffic was disrupted and employees were able to get to work as usual.