November 27, 2006
Primate Freedom Project
P.O. Box 1623
Fayetteville, GA. 30214
Contact: Rick Bogle 608 222 2348
A Rare Win for the Monkeys
Madison, Wisc… Animal activists today came much closer to their dream of
establishing a national primate research exhibition directly next door to
two of the nation’s most infamous monkey research laboratories.
In her oral decision, Judge Sarah B. O’Brien ruled that a real estate
contract on a piece of commercial property is indeed valid and enforceable
and ordered the current owner to convey the property to the activists.
Ruling that embarrassment to the University of Wisconsin was not an adequate
reason to block the sale, that the UW had previously twice declined to
purchase the property, and that arguments claiming possible increased risks
to researchers were spurious, the Judge concurred with the Primate Freedom
Project that the land contract was binding and enforceable.
An appeal by the current owner is likely. Future legal fights are likely as
well as the university, the NIH, and the vivisection industry struggle to
quash public discourse concerning animal experimentation.
"Future hurdles remain," said Rick Bogle, spokesperson for the Primate
Freedom Project, "but this was the highest one."