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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