The Animal Lawyer

In Oregon, animals are people, too. Meet the prosecutor who protects them.

Cover Story
For decades, William Holdner raised cattle west of Portland in Columbia County—as many as 2,000 at a time. But in 2012, he let his cows starve. In a four-month period, records show, Holdne   More
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

UPDATED: McMinnville School District Declares Students Will Keep Dissecting Cats

cutest cat ever

 UPDATE, 2:28 pm Tuesday, Jan. 29:The McMinnville School District ruled unanimously last night that high-school students will continue dissecting cats, according to animal activists who attended last night's board meeting."We were told the decision is final and we can not bring it up again next year," says Antoinette Marcel of the Yamhill County Cat Coalition. "They didn't care at all about the ...   More
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Hoppy Ending: Roger Rabbit Returned Safe

18th stolen rabbit returned to Portland Meat Collective farmer


Roger Rabbit, the 18th rabbit stolen from the backyard of Portland Meat Collective farmer Levi Cole, was returned to his owner this afternoon, ending nearly a week of hostage negotiations with the animal-rights activist who kept him."He made it home," said Cole earlier tonight. "He's hopping around our living room as we speak." But Roger would not be staying in Cole's house for long. The farmer, who ...   More
Thursday, January 19, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Do You Give a Rat's A*#?

New pro-animal research billboard hits Portland

FRB Rat Billboard

If you thought the battle over animal research had taken a ceasefire in Portland, think again. The city is one of six in the United States targeted in a new billboard campaign by The Foundation for Biomedical Research. The billboards from the the pro-animal research group show a smiling child next to a lab rat and asks, “Who would you rather see live?” Part of its ResearchSaves campaign, FBR ...   More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 NATHAN GILLES

Words events: a night of history, a night of activism

[We had two Words events reach our mailbox after Wednesday's newspaper had already trundled off to the printing press. So, instead, enjoy a heads up on them via the magic of the interweb.] Food, beer, and history—essentially the high school class you always wanted—await the attendees of tonight's Oregon Encyclopedia (OE) History Night debut. The new monthly series will kick off with ...   More
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 NATALIE BAKER

OHSU's Double Dose of Monkey News

Our cover story this week about primate research at OHSU pointed out the school's practice of creating positive publicity to divert attention from animal-rights activists. So we weren't surprised when The Oregonian today published a piece about possible breakthroughs in viral engineering at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, the site where OHSU breeds monkeys for medical research. But ...   More
Friday, April 2, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

A Prologue to Protest

For about the umptieth time over the past 12 years, 30 or 40 protesters from the Portland Animal Defense League gathered Monday, June 28, outside the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Beaverton (an outjut of Oregon Health & Science University) to protest that institution's maltreatment of monkeys in medical and psychological experiments. This particular protest was fairly widely reported ...   More
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

PETA Takes The Fun Out of Everything

PETA protesters, calling the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus "The Cruelest Show on Earth," gathered downtown today to protest the circus's Sept. 2-5 visit to Portland. And in true PETA fashion, the animal rights group had a hook for its noon demonstration at the corner of Southwest Yamhill and Broadway. The protest of about 10 demonstrators was centered around Nicole Matthews, a ...   More
Thursday, August 12, 2010 Sarah Jacoby

Watch the Video: Merkley on Banning Sale of Animal-Torture "Crush" Films

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) has announced he'll soon introduce bipartisan legislation to ban the sale of so-called "crush" videos showing small animals being tortured and killed by humans. Congress banned the sale of such videos in 1999, but the U.S. Supreme Court struck down that law in April, saying it was overly broad and impinged on free speech. Since then, the videos have been surfacing ...   More
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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