August 3,, 2007
Animal-rights protesters have harassed primate researcher Eliot
Spindel for years, sometimes demonstrating noisily outside his Lake
Now the Animal Liberation Front, an underground group characterized by
the FBI as a leading domestic terrorist organization, apparently has
drawn a bead on Spindel's domicile.
A contractor on Tuesday discovered graffiti spray-painted on the
garage door of Spindel's house that read, "ALF eyes on you!" His
daughter's car was covered with white foam.
Groups of protesters have demonstrated outside Oregon Health & Science
University for years, even showing up at the homes of more than a
dozen researchers. But the protests took a turn last April, when
masked activists demonstrating at the campus carried signs reading
"A.L.F. welcome here" and "ALF vs. OHSU coming summer 2007."
Spindel, a 55-year-old senior scientist at the Oregon National Primate
Research Center, said he uses mice, monkeys and cultured cells to
study ways to block the effects of nicotine and smoking on unborn
This is an announcement from a Oregon Primate Center rep.
--Beaverton, Oregon 8/07
I have spoken several times with Dr. Eliot Spindel about the vandalism at his
home. I also travelled to the house yesterday to see it. His garage door was
pretty well covered with ALF grafitti. Apparently a car in his driveway was also
vandalized but a neighbor has cleaned the car off.
As many of you may recall - we decided many weeks ago to proactiively take
action if and when we were targeted. Our thinking was to not let the ALF be the
first ones to tell the story (which they would do in a gruesome, ugly way) so we
created a media packet of information for such an event.
Today, Eliot and i spoke with the Oregonian editorial board who voiced interest
in doing an opinion piece condemmning the actions against OHSU. We also spoke
with one of their reporters, Bryan Denson, who covers ecoterrorism. We talked
about this week's incident and also the continuing harassment of our
researchers. We did ask The Oregonian that only Eliot be named as he willingly
agreed to. I expect we will begin to see news coverage tomorrow.