Puerto Rico Halts Construction of Monkey Breeding Facility
Puerto Rico Court of Appeals has ruled that the Bioculture primate supply
company cannot move forward with plans to build a monkey breeding facility.
For more than two years PCRM and other organizations have worked to stop
construction of the facility.
PCRM and others argued that monkeys
would be likely to escape from the facility in Guayama, Puerto Rico. Such
escapes could result in ecological damage in Puerto Rico, adding to the
serious problems already caused by patas monkeys and rhesus monkeys who
escaped from a laboratory.
The facility would also emit air and water
pollution into the well-preserved local natural environment. Primate
facilities often use incinerators to dispose of waste and dead animals.
These incinerators release ashes and soot from animal carcasses, along with
chemicals that can cause cancer and damage human embryos.
addition, the breeding of monkeys and selling of their offspring for
painful, ineffective experiments is unethical. And the Journal of the
American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal have criticized
the usefulness of primate experiments, noting that they consistently fail to
predict the safety and effectiveness of drugs in humans.
the Puerto Rico government also stepped in to try to stop the building. In
November 2009, a commission established by the Senate of Puerto Rico
released a scathing report castigating a number of government agencies for
poor oversight. The commission also found that Bioculture supplied
misleading and contradictory information to obtain permits for the project.
The recent court ruling is a victory for the people of Puerto Rico and
the monkeys who would have been used in cruel experiments on the U.S.
mainland and elsewhere.
To learn more about PCRM�s campaigns to stop
animal experiments, visit