Stop Plans To Build An Animal-Testing Laboratory in Malacca, Malaysia" petition
| Asia Sponsored by SPCA Selangor, Friends of The Earth Malaysia, British Union For The Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE)
We, the undersigned, urgently request that you take the necessary steps to halt the proposal to construct an animal testing facility in Malacca, Malaysia by the Malaysian government-owned Melaka Biotech and Vivo BioTech, an Indian contract testing company.
Malaysia currently has no specific legislation governing the use of animals in research. This would be detrimental to the issue of animal welfare as the proposed laboratory will be designed to house nonhuman primates, dogs and small animals. Vivo Biotech's website lists it as a company that carries out extensive animal research, including toxicity testing, on a variety of species for a number of purposes, amongst which is its controversial use for cosmetic products.
It has also been reported that primates could be sourced locally in Malaysia. This move will be at direct variance to the Malaysian government's stand in re-instating the ban on the export of primates for research in 2008. Needless to say, the setting up of the animal laboratory in Malacca can only result in immense suffering, misery and death being inflicted on thousands of animals, aside from potentially facilitating the trade in wild-caught primates within Malaysia.
Hence, we oppose the construction of this facility both for ethical reasons and for the lack of scientific validity in extrapolating data obtained from animal testing to humans. Instead, a progressive society would explore the wide range of non-animal techniques that, as well as being a more humane approach in gaining scientific knowledge, can also prove to be cheaper, quicker and more effective.
We earnestly urge you to act in all expediency to quash this proposal as allowing the facility to materialize will not only result in the needless suffering and death of thousands of animals every year, but will also undoubtedly have a negative and detrimental impact on Malaysia's image worldwide.
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