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Made to Suffer: Exporting Primates for Reasearch

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When complete, at the end of the year, this monkey farm, north of Guangzhou, will be the biggest in the world, able to house 50,000 primates. The facility is being built in some secrecy in Conghua county by Blooming Spring Biological Technology Developmen


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Joanna D (216)
Friday September 25, 2009, 7:31 am
A few weeks ago we announced Gateway To Hell campaing success - Nepal won't breed monkeys for research.
There are still countires which export primates to US and European labs, there are still planning new monkeys farm.
The farms will be here until a ban on primates research is not approved!

Made to suffer: Exporting primates for reasearch
The mainland is quickly and quietly becoming the world's leading breeder of primates destined for laboratory research. The country has many factory farms devoted to the business
Richard Jones
Sep 13, 2009

Thousands of tiny hands grip the cage bars. Their resemblance to those of children is discomforting - but a similarity to humankind is the reason their possessors are here.

Cage after cage in row after row stretch along the subtropical valley floor. Inside sit long-tailed macaques: the favoured monkey of the vivisectionist because they are small and easily handled. The creatures look like they know what their future holds; wide-eyed they cower at the back of their cages, already terrified of human contact. Mothers clutch babies in their sterile prisons, their fate etched in code on metal discs that hang around their necks.

The monkeys' short lives will come to an end in laboratories in Europe, the United States and Japan; their torture the dark side of advances in science and medicine.

When complete, at the end of the year, this monkey farm, north of Guangzhou, will be the biggest in the world, able to house 50,000 primates. The facility is being built in some secrecy in Conghua county by Blooming Spring Biological Technology Development.

The location was well chosen; it is obscured by a hill, invisible from a nearby highway and within 30 minutes of an international airport. The cages are hidden in a pink-tiled compound more than a kilometre in length that is surrounded by a three-metre-high wall. Inside, scientists scurry about in white coats.

The mainland has been quickly and quietly building monkey farms since about 2000, when breeding stock was imported from Cambodia. The mainland now has 39 farms, most of which are licensed to breed for the lucrative export trade. Although numbers are difficult to ascertain, official figures - along with those from US sources and this investigation - suggest there are more than 200,000 captive primates on the mainland. Official figures last year put the number of monkeys in farms licensed for export at 170,000.

Guarded and gated, the farm compounds have been built in dead-end valleys, jungle clearings and even on an island. Visitors are not welcome and journalists are despised only slightly less than animal-rights activists.

"How did you find this place?" demands a security guard at the anonymous entrance to the Blooming Spring farm, which has the appearance of a nondescript factory. By searching country lanes and questioning locals for two days is the answer, but we do not give it.

"No one comes here," says the guard, calling through to a superior. "No visitors are allowed here."

The guard's boss, who introduces himself as "Supervisor Deng" and seems ever alert for potential buyers, is more welcoming. He drives us through the facility in a black jeep.

"We have bought that hillside," he says, nodding to his right. "Soon it will also be covered in cages. We have our own water supply and feeding facilities here for up to 50,000 monkeys."

The DNA of long-Tailed macaques and other primates is about 96 per cent identical to that of humans, making their bodies an accurate testing ground for scientific procedures and drugs prior to them being declared safe for humans. Research that even a generation ago would have seemed whimsical - into gene therapy, cures for cancer, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, stem cells and antibody-based treatments - requires a lot of testing; on monkeys.

Figures published in July show British scientists carried out 4,598 experiments on primates last year, a 16 per cent rise on 2007. The US is the world's largest consumer of lab monkeys; 2007 figures (the most recent available) total 69,990 primates - an all-time high. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) claims about 90,000 monkeys are used annually worldwide.

Increasingly these animals are coming from the mainland. Eighteen thousand long-tailed macaques were exported from the country to the US last year. Many of these monkeys, the BUAV claims, are "torn from the wild", a practice forbidden by European law. A film taken this year and screened on the BUAV's website shows Cambodian traders capturing and bagging macaques for sale to farms that trade with the mainland.

The organisation's director of special projects, Sarah Kite, says, "The BUAV investigation exposed the shocking cruelty inflicted on wild monkeys during their capture, handling and subsequent confinement in small plastic bags and storage under the planks of a boat.

"BUAV investigators filmed trappers as they illegally hunted primates in the swamps and jungles of Cambodia, including inside a specially protected wetland nature reserve."

Shirley McGreal, director of the International Primate Protection League (IPPL), says, "The animal farms are sucking up monkeys from Cambodia and Vietnam and there is no question that they are getting them illegally. The US Fisheries and Wildlife Service has ongoing investigations into the sources of monkeys coming from China.

"The trade is an ugly one and we foresee a future where monkeys are wiped from the face of the earth. In 30 years or so there will be no primates available [in the wild]."

Conservation International, a non-governmental organisation that promotes biodiversity and world conservation, reported last year that 11 of the world's 25 most endangered primates are native to Asia.

The mainland's farmed monkey population needs to be continually replenished to ensure a strong genetic base and prevent inbreeding. Dr Yue Feng, general manager of a Nanning bioengineering firm and spokesman for the Primates Biotechnology Research and Development Centre, says, "It is necessary to go to the origin of the crab-eating monkeys [long-tailed macaques] to find some better quality monkeys" to introduce into the farmed populations, an admission offered up repeatedly by monkey farmers.

A long-awaited vote on the use of laboratory animals in the European Union in May proved a major disappointment for animal-rights groups. Big pharmaceutical companies and scientific establishments spent fortunes lobbying politicians to ensure there were no big changes to the law. European scientists argue that restrictions on using primates would give researchers in the US an advantage.

Scientists are adamant that the use of primates is essential. Oxford University neuroscientist Tipu Aziz told a preliminary meeting of European parliamentarians that a ban would force him to abandon research that could lead to new treatments for Alzheimer's, motor neurone disease, strokes and many other illnesses. Aziz's research on monkeys taught him how to insert electrodes into the brains of Parkinson's sufferers, delivering instant relief.

Despite their victory in the European Parliament, it appears some pharmaceutical companies are planning ahead, hedging their bets in case a future vote goes against them.

McGreal says she was told by a spokesman for a large pharmaceutical company that his company was setting up a lab on the mainland, in which 7,500 monkeys would be housed.

"He told us that the feeble oversight of animal facilities in China and the cheap workforce meant it was easy and cheap for them to operate in China," she says.

A report released by the Chinese delegation at a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species meeting in Mexico last year stated: "Because of the high cost of maintaining laboratory animals and the animal welfare issue, many companies in developed countries want to move their animal experiments overseas, especially to the developing countries."

The mainland could make a lot of money experimenting on monkeys on behalf of other countries. Overseas researchers would be able to work in a country that has no animal-welfare laws and in which animal-rights groups would find it almost impossible and unlawful to operate.

But, for now, mainland businessmen are concentrating on breeding monkeys for export.

An enterprising Fujian province zookeeper, Yu Zhengyang, 38, became a monkey trader when he decided there was no money to be made in public zoos. He now breeds rhesus macaques, the second-most sought after primate for testing, which he sells on to labs.

"Domestic scientific research units demand more than 10,000 rhesus monkeys annually," he says. "There is no doubt that the market potential is great. I bought my first 70 monkeys at 5,000 yuan [HK$5,680] each and can sell `cultured' animals for 10,000 yuan each. I have around 200 monkeys and in two or three years I hope to have 700 and be the biggest farm in Fujian province."

The price paid for "cultured" (healthy and pathogen-free) monkeys when exported runs at between US$2,000 and US$3,000 each - equating to a market that runs into hundreds of millions of US dollars.

The monkey farms are mostly located in remote areas of Guangxi, Yunnan and Guangdong provinces. The hot, humid, bamboo-covered hills of Conghua county are home to at least four such operations.

One of the country's oldest farms is located on a jungle-covered island in the middle of the Mekong River, in Xishuangbanna prefecture, on the border with Vietnam. The farm breeds 14 species of monkey and a research worker at the facility claims it exports the primates to Britain and is also carrying out a "big research project" for an American concern.

Blooming Spring chairman Deng Zhuobiao is keen to show off his headquarters, about 20 kilometres from the new farm complex. He's proud of the fact his monkeys are sold "overseas only".

"Business has been growing steadily for the past four years. I have a lot of confidence in the future of this business," he says as he gives us a brief tour.

The quarantine room houses 368 stainless-steel cages. "We have three rooms like this," says Deng. "The facility could push out 1,104 monkeys every 60 days."

Next come the labs in which the monkeys are tested to ensure they are disease-free, followed by cage upon cage of petrified animals, many carrying babies. Before we leave the facility Deng shows us his export licence and breeding certificate.

"We already do business with some very big US companies," he says, "and we export to Europe."

Deng also stresses that Blooming Spring is applying for recognition by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, which would permit it to carry out experiments for international organisations.

"With the government behind us it makes things very easy," says Deng, the supervisor. "Things have loosened up with the current economy. The government wants us to succeed."

At the Conghua Yueyuan Laboratory Animal Breeding Farm, about 30 kilometres from the Blooming Spring farm, the chief veterinary surgeon, a Mr Li, explains that only about two yuan is spent per day on the upkeep of monkeys that fetch at least US$2,000 when they are exported.

"Our biggest overseas customer is an American company involved in both cosmetic and pharmaceutical businesses," says Li. "They buy at least 500 monkeys every year. That's US$1 million right there. We also have customers in South Korea and Germany."

A Blooming Spring worker says monkeys are transported 180 at a time in specially made metre-long plastic crates. "We have to give them space or the animal-welfare people overseas complain."

According to Michael Budkie of the NGO Stop Animal Exploitation Now, the "hellish conditions" monkeys are subjected to in mainland farms is "nothing compared with what they will experience once they arrive in the US".

Budkie, who has been investigating conditions in US animal laboratories for more than 20 years, says macaques from the mainland are used in a variety of experiments, including brain-mapping and research into drug abuse, and will be infected with "any number" of diseases.

"The monkeys are trained [to carry out repetitive tasks] using water deprivation for up to 22 hours at a time," says Budkie, explaining the brain-mapping tests. "They are put in restraint chairs, a hole is cut into their skull and electrodes are hard-wired into their brain. The research goes on for several years - if they can keep the animals alive that long.

"Drug research involves force-feeding them heroin, cocaine and PCP and then examining withdrawal. The monkeys are placed alone in stainless-steel cages that are just nine square feet," he says. "There are no stimuli for the macaques, which are normally social animals - they literally go insane. Drug addiction therapy can continue for 10 years, the longest was 14 years."

However, most export monkeys, having been selected for quarantine when they are between one and three years old, won't have to suffer for that long. "Most are dead within a year of arriving in the US," says McGreal.

It is an open secret that the US Defence Department is one of the monkey farms' biggest clients. "The monkeys are used in bio-warfare weapons research," says McGreal. "They are poisoned with rycin, sarin, anthrax, even Ebola. We attended a conference for an institute of lab science and a lady from the defence department was quite candid about the suffering the monkeys go through. They only put them out of their misery right at the end, she told us."

Back at the Conghua Yueyuan farm, Li tries to interest us in a business proposition. "If you wanted to set-up as a monkey exporting agent for the UK you can make yourself some good money," he says. "We will do all of the hard work and you can just communicate with the UK labs and make yourself easy money.


chris b (2474)
Friday September 25, 2009, 8:48 am
All about money and exploitation hardly a mention of the intended use of these creatures. I've no doubt if the regulations requiring empirical testing on ever larger species and ending with full drug trials on humans were modified millions of animal lives would be saved and much cruelty avoided I am not a rabbit mice or monkey! The Chinese of course are simply following our demand and making money out of this demand for primates from the UK to the US via Europe etc. High time this nonsense was ended period History will describe as as uncivilised I'm sure,certainly a Martian would find us wierd!

Joanna D (216)
Friday September 25, 2009, 9:05 am
International Primate Protection League:

Monkey trafficking into US: 1 January-30 June 2009
IPPL has received from the Fish and Wildlife Service the live primate
importation records dating from 1 January to 30 June, 2009. Anyone
wishing to receive a full Excel spread-sheet please send us their
private e-mail address. We are trying with no success to get
comparison matching data from CDC and Customs, the latter agency has
become extremely arrogant. We are not clear whether shipments
imported on US military planes would be declared, as no military
bases are named among the importers, and feel the number we have may
be a minimum. Other monkeys may come in as concealed cross-border
shipments by or under land borders, or by small boats. All imported
monkeys are fed into approved CDC quarantine stations unless a
facility maintains its own quarantine.

China is increasing its dominance as a supplier of a
non-native-to-China species (the crab-eating macaque) to world
markets. Either there are a lot of Chinese exporters or some dealers
use several names (maybe both). There are also suspicions that China
is importing monkeys from Cambodia for re-export under false
"captive-born" papers. Note that Houston is no longer a port of
entry. Los Angeles is by far the biggest port of entry for primates
as there are direct flights from China. Notable by their absence are
any great apes, all protected by their CITES Appendix I listing.

Note that very small numbers of monkeys are entering the United
States from Africa or South America.

There are two separate entries on the spread-sheet for imports by
Covance and Charles River, maybe due to the way the shipments are recorded.

Very few monkeys are imported these days by zoos. Omaha imported 14
black sakis from Guyana and Natural Bridge Zoo 8 spider monkeys from
Guatemala. It is illegal to import monkeys for the pet trade and to
the best of my knowledge no US sanctuary has a quarantine license so
international "rescues" are not feasible.

Primates by country of origin in descending order:

China: 7,308
Mauritius: 2,166
Vietnam: 1,559
Cambodia: 600
Philippines: 200
Saint Kitts and Nevis: 158
Israel: 120
Barbados: 36
Peru: 20
Guyana: 14
Guatemala: 8
France: 7
Canada, 1 (cross-border chimp transfer)
TOTAL: 12,197

By species in descending order:

Macaca fascicularis: 11,177 (crab-eating macaque aka long tailed macaque)
Macaca mulatta: 776 (rhesus macaque)
Chlorocebus aethiops: 194 (African green or vervet/grivet monkey)
Aotus nancymae: 20 (Owl monkey)
Chiropotes chiropotes: 14 (black saki monkey)
Ateles geoffroyi: 8 (spider monkey)
Microcebus murinus: 6 (mouse lemur)
Nomascus leocogenys: 1 (white-cheeked gibbon)
Pan troglodytes: 1 (cross-border in and out chimpanzee)

By port of entry in descending order:

Los Angeles: CA 7,789
Chicago, IL: 2,480
New York, NY: 1,334
Miami, FL: 214
San Francisco, CA: 200
Dulles Int'l. Airport: VA 90
Buffalo, NY: 76
Atlanta, GA: 14

By foreign exporter

1,878: Huazheng Laboratory Animal Breeding Center (China)
1,679: Nafovanny (Vietnam)
1,171: Bioculture Mauritius (Mauritius)
740: Guangzhou Blooming Spring Biological Technology Development (China)
720: Guangxi Weimei Bio-Tech Co. (China)
656: Beijing Piliyuan Trading Ltd. (China)
600: Angkor Primates Center (Cambodia)
509: Yunan Laboratory Primate Inc. (China)
500: Hainan Jingang Laboratory Animals Co., China)
480: Noveprim, (Mauritius)
360: Fang Cheng Gang Spring Biological Technology Development Co, (China)
280: China National Scientific Instruments (China)
275: Biodia Co. Ltd. (Mauritius)
240: Guangdong Landau Biotechnology Co. Ltd. (China)
240: Les Campches Ltee. (Mauritius)
240: Wing Freight Agent Ltd. Zhang Tao, (China)
200: Scientific Primates Filipinas, Inc. Vallestro, (Philippines)
181: Conghua City Yueyuan Animal Breeding Farm at Qigan (China)
164: Gaoyao Kangda Laboratory Animals Science and Technology Co. (China)
158: Primate Resources International (Kenya)
120: B.F.C - Monkey Breeding Farm (Israel)
120: Beijing Grandforest Trading Co. (China)
120: Beijing Ultimate Biosci. Co, (China)
120: Biomedical Research GZ), LTD. Wanpin Wen (China)
120: Guangdong Scientific Instruments and Materials Ye Yiyun, (China)
120: Suzhou Jin Nuo Import and Export Co. Ltd. (China)
120: Tianjin Jinxin Import and Export Corp. Ltd. (China)
36: Barbados Primate Research Center (Barbados)
20: Instituto de Investigaciones Tropicales y de Altura (Peru)
14: Bester Birds and Animal Zoo Park (South Africa)
8: Mascotas Exclusivas (Guatemala)
6: Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle (France)
1: Parc Zoologique de Cleres (France)

By US importer

4,377: Covance Research Products,
1,440: Charles River Lab
1,208: Charles River Laboratories, BRF
1,200: Covance Research Products, INC.
960: SNBL USA, LTD. (Japanese-based firm)
640: Harlan Sprague Dawley, Inc.
506: Worldwide Primates, Inc.
441: Primates Products, Inc.
360: Charles River Lab, Sierra Division
360: Shared Enterprises (Hsu)
200: New Iberia Research Center, University of Louisiana
164: Valley Biosystems, Inc.
116: Alphagenesis, Inc.
105: Buckshire Corporation
90: Bioreliance Katrina Camnara
14: Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
8: Natural Bridge Zoo
6: University of Texas at Austin
1: Gibbon Conservation Center
1: Steve Martin's Working Wildlife (one chimp, import/export, Canada)

Dr. Shirley McGreal, OBE, Chairwoman
International Primate Protection League
PO Box 766
Summerville, SC 29484, USA
Phone - 843-871-2280, Fax- 843-871-7988
E-mail -, Web:

Ekeim Teeuwisse (147)
Friday September 25, 2009, 9:06 am
is there a petition i can sign ?
so i can at least do something against it ?

MmAway M (519)
Friday September 25, 2009, 9:09 am
Went to the site and saw the photos, was looking to read the news, then came back here and you had it all printed out.

This is just horrible, what is wrong with MANKIND, this is so wrong!

Sorry, can't see to type right now...also, in your article it states that America is one of the top nations that takes these little creatures for their cosmetics...What is wrong with our World?

This place makes me want to put all of the animal abusers in these cages and let all of these innocent creatures out.

Thanks J

Joanna D (216)
Friday September 25, 2009, 9:09 am
Primates in Research in the European Union

Every year, over 10,000 nonhuman primates are used in experiments within the European Union (EU). They are subjected to experimental procedures that can cause them pain, discomfort and suffering, much of it profound. Most will be killed at the end of the experiment. The latest available statistics (from 2005) show that EU member states used 10,449 Old and New world monkeys and prosimians for research. The main users of primates were France (3,789), the UK (3,115) and Germany (2,086). The main fields of research in which primates are used within the EU can generally be categorized into three areas: medical research, toxicology and fundamental (curiosity driven) research.


Joanna D (216)
Friday September 25, 2009, 9:10 am
To take actions go to:

MmAway M (519)
Friday September 25, 2009, 9:14 am
While I was leaving my comment and hit submit, came back and saw that you had all of the facts and numbers listed...Jeepers isn't there anything we can do to get this horrible place shut down?

Been boycotting companies, food, etc that does any type of testing on animals, it is not necessary, these numbers are just staggering. Would of never of know about this place, China no less, well no surprise there, but the demand is from the United States...what a bunch of greedy humans and at these creatures expense, lives and angony, tourture -- just sick.

Margaret S (53)
Friday September 25, 2009, 9:18 am
When is all this cruelty going to end,there's no need for it,as you say Joanna (curiosity driven).these poor primates it must be awful for them,sad to read such statistics!!

MmAway M (519)
Friday September 25, 2009, 9:18 am
Now I see from the latest comment, the main user is France, well they do make a ton of cosmetics...

Will go to this action site when I get back.

Thanks for putting it up there Joanna!!

Also, thanks for getting this out for us to see, this needs to end.

serge vrabec (278)
Friday September 25, 2009, 9:24 am
I think it is time to start testing on these people who think they have the right to test on OUR animals, this sick and cruel who think they are "helping humanity ' have to be straightened out. They were warned and still continue, i have no pity for any of these people anymore and WE SHOULD ACT accordingly. I would not FEEL bad if these places were just gone.......Thx Joanna

serge vrabec (278)
Friday September 25, 2009, 9:25 am
More individuals become so anxious about their own troubles, and yet helping others is the best way to rid yourself of your own troubles. For what is the pattern? He gave up Heaven and entered physical being that ye might have access to the Father.

Edgar Cayce Reading 5081-1

Mandi T (367)
Friday September 25, 2009, 9:37 am
This is a disgrace. Nothing humane about it and what is the reasoning!
Sick, Sadder than sad,. Posting to my F,B.
Thank you joanna

Rhonda Maness (580)
Friday September 25, 2009, 12:14 pm
This is archaic and cruel. We are supposed to be evolved, civilised animals. not barbaric, creatures who claim the excuses of science and reason to perpetrate our unreasonable, sadistic acts.
Thank You Joanna

Eleanor B (909)
Friday September 25, 2009, 12:17 pm
Joanna, I can't get links to go live because I don't have Word now. Could you e-mail me any. I know that the EU was backing down and this sickens me. Is there a petition to the UK govt and if not could you do one? I will do what I can for it all the way. Thank you for doing so much research. Let me know how I can help.

Anna H (74)
Friday September 25, 2009, 12:18 pm
Missing words.. These are very bad news..

Eleanor B (909)
Friday September 25, 2009, 12:19 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Joanna because you have done so within the last week.

Patrick W (119)
Friday September 25, 2009, 1:54 pm
This is the really sad part...

Many, if not most of the tests done on primates are done so by facilities who maintain testing programs simply to keep grant and research money coming in. It keeps their facility open and their personnel in jobs. Some are very high paying jobs.

How many primates must be forced fed cigarette smoke directly into their windpipes before we can certify that smoking is bad for human health, as an example? Do we even need a monkey test to tell us that?

The same holds true for a vast majority of tests on primates. Redundant testing conducted, over and over again simply to justify the existence of some facility and/or research program. When the testing ends, these facilities have nothing else going for them, so they just keep it up test after test, primate after primate..
Pain and suffering with no end.

It would be different, maybe, if it was the finalization testing for a real cure for cancer, or aids, etc.,, but very little of it is for that. It's a gig. It's worthless testing for propping up needless tests. It's all about the money...

Sorry for the rant. I have a soft spot for primates. They are the closest family we have in the animal kingdom.
This is NOT how people should treat family.

Eleanor B (909)
Friday September 25, 2009, 2:07 pm
I signed a petition 40 years ago against beagles being used to test the effect of smoking on lungs. That was unjustifiable. Any animal experiments are unjustifiable. They are immoral never mind if they are useless. What gives the human race the right to subject other sentient creatures to horrific torture? Can we not just learn to live with mortality? Who would want an extension of life at the expense of a poor captive monkey subjected to horrific experiments? I would just rather die.

. (0)
Friday September 25, 2009, 2:11 pm
Whilst there are rewards for breeding monkeys for experiments,or indeed for breeding any animals for experiments..then this will continue,somehow ,somewhere.Animal rights awareness and activism fetters and stymies this breeding..but it doesn't stop it.
We mustr keep trying to put universal laws in place,though we are always up against economic exigencies of market based systems wherin even the more progressive governments back the line of "if we do all that is ethical,the economy will suffer".
Systems based on co-operation,zero growth ,sustainability and partnership with the planet are not presently on the horizon..which means that we have to keep that in mind as a longterm aim..whilst still ameliorating the worst and morally vacuous aspects of market forces..which go like this..everything is for sale,unless you stop it..slavery,children,animals to train for dogfighting etc..
Some of the most complicit people,are those who feel that without government all will be fine and won't..good laws free people and animals.

Elm Morrison (357)
Friday September 25, 2009, 3:00 pm
Shut down Huntington-Life-Sciences labs
Urge Congress to Support the Great Ape Protection Act
Sign the Petition to End Chimpanzee Research
Hurtful Essences Campaign Targets P&G Shampoo
Congress Must Act to Protect Former Pets from Research
Project R&R - World Solidarity Petition to End Chimpanzee Research in the U.S.


chris b (2474)
Friday September 25, 2009, 3:00 pm
Sometimes I try and detach myself from the atrocity of vivisectionand look at the economics! It is probable that there is less than .01 of a percent of new medical vivisection research occurrring at any time. Consider firstly thousands of medical schools and unversities are conducting similar if not identical research in hundreds of countries. The military is conducting in every country all manner of vivisection using bombs bullets and toxic chemical agents all the same in each country. Many research organisations have massive production line testing of everyday chemicals and materials most of which will have been conducted time and time again over the years. All this data is published in science journals and specialised books and other publications and on the internet. The only reasons for keep replicating it is non cooperation between identical research projects due to egos and self importance of some scientists, self preservation of grant aided (tax dollar funded) projects year after year when the participants know very well there is nothing further to be gained, stupid laws requiring drugs to be tried out first on mice working the way up to humans via all other lab animal models as goverment has not grasped computor modelling yet even though their military use it in wargame similation. Lastly many of the practitioners of these black arts are just bloody minded sadists! Trying to forget the animal cruelty aspect if vivisection was stopped in all areas the international savings would probably significantly ease the credit crunch and the scientific employees would have to embrace new technology! We are constantly bombarded with emotive messages from cancer research telling us their animal experiments are essential even if one plays devils advocate for a moment and accepts that argument why is it neccessary for every cancer research establishment to replicate the same worn out procedures as with any other area of research and again the obvious stupidity of keep making animals inhale smoke so we know it's bad for us is tantamount to being clinically insane. The reality is dribbling chemicals into rabbits eyes and forcing monkeys to ejaculate with electric shocks is the stuff of horror comics and perverts not sensible or neccessary research. even if you take the emotive cancer reasearch element from the completely wasteful vivisections then the probability is that cancer research could survive on .0001 percent of the total wasted animal population which is an awful lot of animals saved even without cancer research getting modernised!

Elm Morrison (357)
Friday September 25, 2009, 3:04 pm
Letters to send
World Exporters Of Primates To Animal Testing Labs

1. Write to the Prime Minister of Cambodia to ask him to place an immediate ban on the capture, breeding and export of long-tailed macaques destined for the research industry.
The Honorable Samdech Hun Sen
Prime Minister of the Royal Government of Cambodia
Office of the Council of Ministers
41, Russian Federation Blvd.
Phnom Penh

2. Write letters to the Cambodian embassy in your country calling on the government of Cambodia to place an immediate ban on the capture, breeding and export of long-tailed macaques destined for the research industry. Click here for the contact details of Cambodian embassies around the world:

In the UK, please write to:

His Excellency Hor Nambora
Ambassador of Cambodia
The Royal Embassy of Cambodia
64 Brondesbury Park
Willesden Green
London NW6 7AT

3. Write to the CITES Secretariat requesting it carries out an investigation into Cambodia's trade in macaques and, if the BUAV's findings are confirmed, then to encourage CITES members to suspend CITES related trade with Cambodia.

CITES Secretariat
International Environment House
11Chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine, Geneva

4. If you live in a country that has imported or is importing primates from Cambodia, please write to your CITES authority asking them not to import macaques from Cambodia, on conservation grounds.

The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London SW1P 3JR

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Division of Management Authority
4401 N. Fairfax Drive
Room 212
ARLINGTON, VA 22203-3247

Elm Morrison (357)
Friday September 25, 2009, 3:05 pm
Write letters please

info: BUAV

Exposed – Indonesia’s Shocking Trade In Primates For Research:

The BUAV is calling for Indonesia to be suspended from the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The call comes following a major, in-depth investigation carried out by the BUAV that has revealed a disturbing trade in primates from Indonesia for the international research industry. The full findings, released in a report conclude that Indonesia is breaching its own wildlife legislation, as well as failing to comply with CITES regulations and violating international animal welfare guidelines.

This call comes as Indonesia announces a staggering three-fold increase (15,100) in the number of wild monkeys (Macaca fascicularis) allowed to be trapped in 2009 for the research industry.
BUAV’s investigation follows the chain of cruelty and suffering inflicted on monkeys during their capture, holding and transportation within Indonesia, their export overseas and eventual fate in the research laboratory. Each year, thousands of monkeys, packed into small wooden crates, are shipped as cargo by Philippine Airlines, Korean Air and China Southern Airlines to research facilities around the world, including the USA, China and Japan.
Major findings show:

* The official Indonesian “ban” on the export of wild-caught primates for research is a sham. Through a lack of enforcement by the Indonesian authorities and the
use of misleading source codes for CITES export permits, the BUAV believes that wild-caught monkeys continue to be exported and end up in the international research industry. In some cases, wild-caught monkeys have simply been removed from one location in Indonesia and placed on islands under conditions no different from their original homes. Subsequently, wild primates who are living and breeding freely in a natural environment are being designated as captive-born animals by the Indonesian authorities in an apparent attempt to avoid the restrictions that would otherwise be placed on the trade by CITES and by its own legislation
* A lack of validity and objectivity of monkey population surveys that have been conducted. Interviews with at least one official from LIPI, the Indonesian Scientific Authority, show that certain population surveys have been conducted by third parties based on speculation, on the counting of monkeys in protected areas and the use of scientifically invalid extrapolation methods. These surveys have been used by the authorities as the basis for deciding whether and how many macaques can be taken from the wild
* Major breaches in international animal welfare guidelines set by the International Primatological Society. These included wild-caught monkeys kept in appalling conditions at dealers' premises; monkeys crammed into makeshift and dilapidated transit crates on trucks; and poor conditions at primate supply and breeding companies where monkeys were kept in barren concrete pens that were inappropriate for their complex behavioral and psychological needs
* The Indonesian authorities failing in their obligation under CITES by granting export permits for primates who will undoubtedly suffer greatly and unnecessarily during transportation. In recent years, some of the primates exported from Indonesia to the USA have been subjected to extremely long transit times sometimes as much as four days.

The fate for many of the monkeys at their final destination – the research laboratory – is one of pain, suffering and usually death. As one example, in the USA, monkeys originating from Indonesia were forced to consume alcohol. This was often combined with the surgical mutilation of female monkeys or deliberately feeding the animals a diet that would cause atherosclerosis. Other monkeys shipped to Japan, were slowly poisoned for over a year with a toxic metal before being killed.

Please support the BUAV in its campaign to end the cruel exploitation of macaques in Indonesia.

1) Write to the President of Indonesia to ask him to place an immediate ban on the capture, breeding and export of long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques destined for the research industry.

Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
President of the Republic of Indonesia
Istana Negara
Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara
Jakarta Pusat 10010

2) Write letters to the Indonesian embassy in your country calling on the government of Indonesia to place an immediate ban on the capture, breeding and export of long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques destined for the research industry. Click here for the contact details of Indonesian embassies around the world:

In the UK, please write to:

His Excellency Yuri Octavian Thamrin
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
38 Grosvenor Square

3) Write to the CITES Secretariat requesting that CITES a) carry out its own investigation into the Indonesian primate trade and, b) suspend Indonesia's membership of CITES pending the outcome of this investigation.

CITES Secretariat
International Environment House
11 Chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine, Geneva

4) If you live in a country that has imported primates from Indonesia such as the USA, Japan and China, please write to the CITES Enforcement Authority in your country asking it to ban the import of primates originating from Indonesia following concerns raised by the BUAV's investigation that Indonesia is failing to comply with CITES regulations. See CITES web site for contact information.

5) Write to the headquarters of following airlines requesting that they adopt a policy to stop transporting primates from Indonesia for the research industry. Please also write to the airline's office in your own country.

* Philippine Airlines
* China Southern Airlines

Cho Yangho
CEO and Chairman
Korean Air
1370, Gonghang-dong, Gangseo-gu
Seoul, 157-712
South Korea

Lucio Tan
Chairman and CEO
Philippine Airlines
Philippine Airlines Center
Legazpi Street Legaspi Village
Makati 0750

Mr. Shao Yong Liu,
China Southern Airlines
Jichang Road
Guangzhou, 510405

Elm Morrison (357)
Friday September 25, 2009, 3:06 pm


Joanna D (216)
Friday September 25, 2009, 3:39 pm
Thanks a lot dear Eureka for posting the actions here - it would take me ages to do it since the site is tricky for me today...

Elm Morrison (357)
Friday September 25, 2009, 3:53 pm

Always Joanna - Strength in numbers. All for one and one for all!!

. (0)
Friday September 25, 2009, 4:52 pm
noted; taking actions now. This is too sad for words. I am so tired of cruelty against animals, why can't people change their attitudes and realize when we harm animals we are harming ourselves in the long term?

Friday September 25, 2009, 5:50 pm

Gorilly Girl (339)
Friday September 25, 2009, 5:55 pm
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG this sheeeeeeeeeet will never stop will it???? Where is ALF when we need them most....

Big Gorilly Hugs

Alejandra Vega (139)
Friday September 25, 2009, 7:15 pm
TY, Joanna and Eureka. I agree with all of you, live the animals alone!

. (0)
Friday September 25, 2009, 9:04 pm
i tried the website could not get it i love monkeys

cassie l (228)
Friday September 25, 2009, 11:47 pm

Simone Duffin (1462)
Saturday September 26, 2009, 2:26 am
Thank you dear Joanna.

Kudelasz Edward (4)
Saturday September 26, 2009, 4:48 am
I have heard Satan dissapeard from Earth a most terrible monster take his place democratical homo sapience cosmicus.Shame on you

pam Ratanamangcla (0)
Saturday September 26, 2009, 5:02 am
This is very upseting case..

Michelle E (22)
Wednesday September 30, 2009, 4:38 am
This is very upsetting news! What can we do to stop this madness?

AMY S (0)
Thursday October 1, 2009, 5:32 am
We have to stop this - this our country - we should have a say - these are our South African Animals - we need to protect them!!!!!

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Tuesday October 13, 2009, 11:01 pm
Disgusting that animals have to suffer for us humans. I dont think we are worth it.

Kim H. (0)
Monday June 20, 2011, 9:38 am

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Kim H. (0)
Monday June 20, 2011, 9:39 am
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