Dear PCRM supporter,
Please support the international campaign to stop the building of a primate breeding facility in the city of Guayama in Puerto Rico. There is already local opposition to this construction, and we want to offer our support by launching an international effort to stop Puerto Rico from becoming a major player in the cruel trade in primates for research. We understand that the project is being led by Bioculture, a primate supply company from Mauritius that ships long-tailed macaques around the world to be used in research.
If the construction is allowed to go ahead, it will result in the suffering of thousands of monkeys. Please write to the following people and urge them to dissociate Puerto Rico from the suffering and cruelty inherent in the trade of primates for research. Officials need to hear from individuals in the United States. Send an automatic e-mail.
Primates are highly intelligent, social animals with complex behavioral and psychological needs. The cruelty and suffering involved in the international trade in primates for research has been well documented, in particular, the injuries and mortalities involved in the capture of monkeys from the wild and the stress and suffering involved in their confinement in captivity. The common fate of many primates in the research industry is to be used in toxicity testing, which involves the forced ingestion, inhalation, or injection of potentially lethal and poisonous chemicals.
The proposed construction of this facility is highly controversial and is a major step backward at a time when the ethical and scientific use of nonhuman primates in research is being challenged internationally by scientists as well as others. Please write today and ask Puerto Rico's leadership not to partake in the suffering and cruelty inherent in the trade of primates for research.
Debra Durham, Ph.D.
PCRM Senior Research Scientist