[The Oregonian - opinion]
For the second time in a decade, an animal-rights activist has slipped
past employment screeners at the Oregon National Primate Research
Center, taken a job as a monkey handler and accused the facility of
routinely abusing animals.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a national animal-rights
group, planted one of its undercover investigators at the Hillsboro
center from April 9 to July 25, officials at the nonprofit told The
The investigator, whom neither PETA nor the primate center would
identify, took a job as an animal husbandry technician and secretly
took notes and shot video to document her complaints. PETA will
formalize her accusations today in a complaint to federal regulators.
The center, which hires about 50 employees a year, improved job
screening by adding a full criminal background check and asking
applicants and their references whether they think animals should be
used in medical research.
"If they come here with a clean criminal history and they lie about
their interest and the reason they're here," Conn said, "there's not a
lot you can do."
PETA's director of research, Kathy Guillermo, defended the group's use
of undercover investigators at biomedical facilities.
"If the laboratories would open their doors and let us in, we would
certainly rather do it that way," she said. "Unfortunately what we
find over and over and over again is that the
doors are shut tight."
-- Bryan Denson: 503-294-7614