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Students United Protesting Research On Sentient Subjects

September 23, 1985
About 80 members of Students United Protesting Research on Sentient Subjects picketed Sunday the Hollywood home of Los Angeles Zoo Director Warren Thomas, demonstrating against a proposal to build a facility to house monkeys used in University of Southern California research projects on the grounds of the Los Angeles Zoo.
January 7, 1985
Carrying placards that said "Animal research is scientific fraud" and "No more animal research," about 200 people picketed the Westwood home of the executive director of the City of Hope to protest the use of live animals at its research facility. Organizers of the protest, Students United Protesting Research on Sentient Subjects (SUPRESS), contend that animals at the Duarte facility, where nearly 100 research animals were stolen last month, are going unfed and are kept in unhealthy quarters.
November 25, 1985
Two animal-rights activists were arrested Sunday at Los Angeles Pierce College in Woodland Hills after they allegedly disrupted a 10-kilometer race being held to raise money for the City of Hope, police said. Javier Burgos, director of the group SUPRESS, which stands for Students United Protesting Research on Sentient Subjects, was arrested for disturbing the peace after he "got overzealous" and began yelling profanities during the race, Sgt.
June 2, 1990
About "TV 'Adver-torial' Makes Fur Fly" (Greg Braxton, May 24), on Students United Protesting Research on Sentient Subjects (SUPRESS) and its antivivisection commercial: It's amazing how many people are uninformed about vivisection. This is such an important issue and yet the laboratories strive to keep their activities secret. Only by hiding can they continue their mass torture and slaughter. Does anyone in media-savvy Los Angeles still fall for the "we-have-a-responsibility-to-the-public" line handed out by Robert Blagman, local sales manager of KCOP Channel 13 (which refused to broadcast the commercial)
July 22, 1986 | JERRY BELCHER, Times Staff Writer
Ninety-six anti-vivisection protesters were arrested for trespassing Monday after an estimated 250 people demonstrated against what they called inhumane and unscientific animal experiments at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. A spokesman for the medical center said the protesters' chanting and blocking of employees' access was somewhat disruptive to normal operations. He also said that demands that Cedars-Sinai stop using animals in its research were rejected.
August 20, 1987 | LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
Two years ago, Arizona multiple sclerosis victim Rick Simpson's life took a dramatic turn for the better when researchers at the University of Arizona made him part of an experimental drug therapy program. After a week of taking cyclosporine, the immunosuppressant used in organ transplants, Simpson regained control of his bladder and bowels, and the ability to walk without difficulty.
January 16, 1986 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, Times Staff Writer
The rejection by a city commission last week of a proposal to use the Los Angeles Zoo to house monkeys used in medical experiments ended several months of controversy. Even animal-rights groups were divided over whether they should cooperate with researchers. USC had planned to construct and operate a habitat on zoo property for long-term observation of up to 100 monkeys used in a study of histoplasmosis, a disease that can cause blindness in humans.
October 25, 1987 | TED APPEL, United Press International
Some people say it's torturous and unproductive to kill animals in the name of medical research, but Sandra Chapman supports the practice. She claims that it saved her life. Chapman, who suffered two crippling heart attacks before she was given a new heart, is a member of a group formed to battle animal rights activists: "Incurably Ill for Animal Research." "If they put a stop to animal research, where will we be? They're not going to find a cure for AIDS.
June 23, 1985 | DAVID SMOLLAR, Times Staff Writer
In their efforts to accelerate the breeding of endangered species in captivity, the world's zoos have embarked on a controversial alliance with biomedical researchers to share scientific techniques developed through animal experimentation. The trend toward closer cooperation, which in some cases involves the sale or loan of surplus zoo animals to primate laboratories, has drawn strong criticism from animal rights groups.
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