JAVA has Succeeded in Making a Town in Japan Give up a Plan of Constructing the World’s Largest Breeding Facility for Lab Marmosets. 

In March, 2008, a local newspaper in Okinawa reported that KinTown in Okinawa had a plan of constructing a breeding facility where they would keep more than 2000 marmosets for the purpose of breeding and marketing. In fact, it became clear that the town mayor and the town councilors united to push ahead the plan, expecting the plan to revitalize the town and to create new jobs for 25 people. They also estimated the economic effect to be more than Yen 450 million (approximately US $ 4.5million) in a year.

JAVA (Japan Anti-Vivisection Association) thought that it would be impossible to make the town give up the plan by telling them the actual conditions and cruelty of animal testing. So we changed the tactics into showing the data that there was less demand for marmosets than the town expected, and the economic effect would be much smaller. We asked animal-rights organizations in U.K. and the U.S., with which JAVA is in partnership, for advice and information. In order to make them give up the plan, JAVA pointed out the following six problems to Kin Town and the Northern large municipal area Union, with which Kin Town had been discussing the project. 

    Animal testing is very cruel and the voice of protest against experiments on animals is getting bigger and bigger both in Japan and overseas.

    There is a strong opposition against animal experiments, especially against the use of primates.

    Kin Town’s expected economic effects will not be achieved.

    Constructing such a facility could cause a high risk of contaminating the surroundings and the environments.

    In case CLEA should withdraw, Kin Town will be responsible for the care of  marmosets that are left there and the expenses the town bears will be enormous.

    Participating in animal testing will give Kin Town a negative image.

 A month after JAVA pointed out the serious problems and asked the town authorities to give up the project, we got an answer from the Union, in which they wrote they had a great anxiety about the project and so they thought it impossible to realize the plan. In addition, the mayor also sent us a reply about giving up the project.

 JAVA was ready to carry on a wide-scale opposition campaign, appealing to animal-rights organizations all over the world for participating in the movement. At the same time, we declared our determination to the town.

Thus the project was stopped and no marmoset was used for experiments. We received many congratulation letters on our success from overseas animal-rights groups who helped us on this issue. We will continue taking a strong attitude toward such a plan as promotes animal testing.