Did you miss the PETA demo in Harvard Square on Saturday? Alas, I did, too. Organizer Laura Ray told me that about 25 PETA-niks (supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) showed up to pressure Harvard into finding homes for the 2,000 animals at its soon-to-be-closed New England Primate Research Center.
“We’re trying to persuade them not to send these monkeys to other labs, but to retire them,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a separate conversation. “That would require a mammoth effort, but Harvard should damn well fund a sanctuary for those animals; they owe it to them. Right now it’s up in the air what will happen to these primates — fellow primates, I mean.”