7/28/09: Puerto Rico – New Source For Primate Suffering?
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Honorable Puerto Rican Officials:
I am dismayed to learn about a proposed primate breeding center in Guayama
City. I understand Bioculture, a Mauritius-based primate supply firm,
intends to ship long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) in for research.
I kindly ask officials to acknowledge global concern about breeding and
import of monkeys for use in experimentation. Please suspend construction of
Bioculture’s facility in Puerto Rico. I encourage you to protect wildlife
rather than exploit it.
Moreover, it does not serve human health to facilitate old-fashioned animal
research. For example, researchers recognize primates do not contract the
human strain of AIDS or develop its clinical symptoms. Of 85 HIV/AIDS
vaccines tested in animals, each one failed in 197 human trials.
U.S. deaths or injuries linked to drug therapies more than doubled from 1998
to 2005, according to findings in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Each
recalled drug had proven “safe” in animal tests.
Primate experiments have failed to yield tangible data for AIDS,
Alzheimer’s, stroke, cancer, and other diseases. Still, electrodes are
lodged in the brains of monkeys. Seizures and infections are induced.
Poisons are pumped through tubes, needles or inhaling devices. Babies are
forcibly separated from mothers. Animals slowly go insane in a barren world
of concrete and metal. Then they are killed.
As you may know, in-vitro cell technology, computer automation and other
innovations are gradually rendering animal research obsolete. For example,
researchers at Brown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and
elsewhere use complex microtissues made from cultured cells. Brown’s Jeffrey
R. Morgan, medical science and engineering professor, led a team that
layered cells 3-dimensionally to replicate live human organs.
I urge Puerto Rico’s leadership to keep pace with evolving standards. Please
don’t sully your image abroad by becoming a key source for primate
COMPLETE CONTACT INFORMATION
Hon. Glorimari Jaime, Mayor of Guayama
Municipio Autonomo de Guayama
Oficina de Plan de Orden Territorial
P.O. Box 360; Guayama, PR 00785-0360
Rep. Pedro Pierluisi, Representative (District 1)
1218 Longworth HOB; Washington, DC 20515
fax: 202-225-2154; email: PedroPierluisi@mail.house.gov
Laura Maristany, Public Affairs Liaison: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosemarie Vizcarrondo, Puerto Rico District Office Director:
Eduardo Hilera, Legislative Correspondent: email@example.com
Hon. Luis Fortuno, Governor of Puerto Rico
La Fortaleza; P.O. Box 9020082; San Juan, PR 00902-0082
ph: 787-721-7000; fax: 787-721-5072
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