The house that cruelty built

With Paul Houghton and other Primate Products executives in San Francisco this week for the Society of Toxicology annual meeting, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at Houghton’s home a short drive south in Woodside, California. His mansion (see photos) in the Santa Cruz Mountains is truly a house that cruelty– and suffering, torture, greed and heartlessness– built. The house, at 11 Starwood Drive, is valued at $1.3 million.

In the early 1980s, Primate Products was a one person company, with Paul marketing a primate restraint chair. He used the profits from sale of the restraint chair, a capture pole and other early products to enter the live animal side of the vivisection industry.  When Paul started his company, he may not have imagined growing rich, but now that he has, he doesn’t want to lose it all by hanging on to a dying company. Smash HLS needs your help to nudge Mr. Houghton into retirement!

p.s. The drive from San Francisco to Woodside is beautiful. Take the 280 south to Highway 84, head east to windy La Honda Road, then turn off onto Kebet Ridge Road (past the “Private Road No Trespassing” sign) until you get to Starwood Drive.

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