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Activists Protest Company’s Plan To Test Monkeys For Radiation

Activists Protest Company’s Plan To Test Monkeys For Radiation

A research company in Pasadena, CA is feeling the wrath of an animal rights group for a series of radiation tests it’s conducting on 32 monkeys. The company wants to determine the effects of potentially lethal doses of radiation on humans after a nuclear disaster.

ChromoLogic, a private diagnostic technology research company is developing a machine to test humans for levels of radiation poisoning after being exposed to a nuclear event such as Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster that occurred in March 2011. On Monday the company began testing 32 Rhesus monkeys for the project.

Animal activists from Stop Animal Exploitation Now! (SAEN) staged a protest outside ChromoLogic’s Pasadena office to halt the tests after a whistleblower leaked they would begin this week.

“My goal is to get as many people to know what’s going on and to stop this,” said Josh Gutier, who attended the protest.

Julia MacKenzie, SAEN’s L.A. representative said, “I object to them using animals in research and wasting taxpayers’ money.”

ChromoLogic’s CEO Naresh Menon said the project was mandated by congress is being funded with $8 million from the federal government. The intent is to produce “an important piece of technology for determining how to treat people who have been poisoned by radiation.”

Menon said the company has been conducting non-animal research for the past two years, but must now move onto animals.

“We are looking at people who are receiving potentially lethal doses of radiation, and non-human primates are the only model available to test it on,” said Menon.

The 32 monkeys are being held at a facility in Montreal, Canada and will be tested there.

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8:07AM PDT on May 5, 2013

Oh dear... I think I voted yes by mistake..Forgive me.

1:13PM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:13PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

If these researchers cannot come up with an ideas of testing and doing research without abusing innocent monkeys THEN THEY ARE NOT RESEARCHERS. Their ability is simply limited to one single way of doing the testing. This is a new era and the world has changed drastically. So those old barbaric way of doing the research on certain issues MUST BE CHANGED TOO.!!! You cannot go abusing and inflicting inhumanely these innocent and helpless animals. Find another ways and methods to do such things if you all are calling yourselves so called experts or researchers. If you cannot then leave these animals alone. Go look for another job which you can do properly...without harming another's life.

1:45PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

Heartbreaking!

1:45PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

Heartbreaking!

9:26PM PST on Dec 12, 2012

Testing on innocent defenseless animals is the same as testing on innocent defenseless human babies or children. Fortunately for humans, the testing and torture animals are put through is not allowed by law. Why is animal testing allowed? Because animals are considered of lesser value than humans? Not equal in intelligence, defenseless and unable to protect themselves? The same could be said about many, MANY humans! Where does the line get drawn?
What a despicable, evil world we live in, run by humans!

11:18PM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."
-Desmond Tutu

8:46AM PST on Jan 19, 2012

Totally unnecessary! When are we going to ban these abusive practices on animals when we already know what is lethal or damaging to animals and humans? The "scientists" using these methods must be psychopaths because no normal person would do this "work."

6:07AM PST on Jan 19, 2012

Use that $8 million to study ways to prevent nuclear disaster instead of exposing monkeys to radiation!!!

2:20AM PST on Jan 19, 2012

Thanks

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