Nepal's Monkeys Sold To Experimenters 

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From: Kinship Circle - www.kinshipcircle.org
Originally Posted: June 26, 2008

Nepal's Monkeys Sold To Experimenters

Please respectfully urge Nepalese authorities to advocate progressive animal-free research. Please eliminate breeding compounds -- and stop the removal of rhesus monkeys from their natural environment.

Contained in this alert:
1. Sample letter
2. Contact information and email blocks
3. Source of information/ reference links
4. Links to learn more

1. SAMPLE LETTER
This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue. Try to shorten and personalize your letter before sending.

Rt. Honorable Prime Minister, Respected Ministers and Nepalese Officials:

I kindly ask the government of Nepal to acknowledge global concern about its breeding and export of monkeys for use in biomedical experimentation. Please halt any shipments of rhesus macaques and enact laws to protect your treasured wildlife.

As you know, India outlawed overseas sale of rhesus monkeys in 1977 in response to ghastly radiation experiments on animals considered sacred by many Indians. As a result, Western labs want Nepali monkeys -- and have opened the door to let other foreign researchers exploit Nepalese species.

Experimentation upon primates has failed to produce tangible data for AIDS, Alzheimer's, stroke, cancer, and other diseases. Still, electrodes are lodged in the brains and spinal cords of monkeys. Seizures and infections are artificially induced. Toxic substances are injected. Babies are forcibly separated from "breeding" mothers.

It is irresponsible to promote animal research when so many animal-free methods now offer data more relevant to humans. Findings from distressed animals do not result in accurate extrapolation to humans. Though primates possess physiological and psychological instincts as intricate as our own -- lab variables such as pain, injury, confinement, loneliness and repeated handling generate misleading data.

In Nepal, Hindus celebrate monkeys as a reincarnation of Lord Hanuman. Buddhists feel the killing or mistreatment of any animal is wrong. Monkeys are an integral thread in Nepal's rich natural and cultural tapestry. They live alongside humans in the temples or roam mountain forests. Inside a lab, a monkey's life is defined by metal bars, cement floors, terror and pain.

I respectfully ask Nepalese authorities to advocate progressive animal-free research. Please eliminate breeding compounds -- and stop the removal of rhesus monkeys from their natural environment.

Sincerely,

2.  FULL CONTACT INFORMATION

Ministry of Forest & Soil Conservation
Mr. Matrika Prasad Yadav
Singh Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal
ph: 977-1-4262428; fax: 977-1-4223868
email: mfscmed@ntc.net.np

Department of Forest
Babarmahal, Kathmandu
ph: 977-1-4220303, 4221231, 4256227
fax: 977-1-4254305; email: dof@col.com.np, forest@wlink.com.np

Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation
Babarmahal, Kathmandu
ph: 977-1-4220912, 4220850; fax: 977-1-4227926
email: dnpwc@bdcin.wlink.com.np

Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation
Mr.  Prithvi Subba Gurung
Singha Durbar, Kathmandu
ph: 977-1-4232411, 4222846, 4228847, 4216372
fax: 977-1-4227758; email: motca@ntc.net.np

Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology
Mr. Farmullah Mansoor
Singha Durbar, Kathmandu
ph: 977 (1) 4211661, 4211709, 4211860, 4211617, 4211698,4211641, 4211734
fax: 977 (1) 4211754; email: info@most.gov.np, npsilwal@most.gov.np

Rt. Hon. Girija Prasad Koirala, Prime Minister of Nepal
Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers
Singh Durbar
P.O. Box: 23312
Kathmandu, Nepal
ph: 977-1-4211000; email: info@opmcm.gov.np

Advisors to the Prime Minister
Mr. Ramesh Jung Thapa, Defence and Administration Advisor: rjthapa@opmcm.gov.np   
Mr. Aditya Baral, Senior Expert-Foreign Relations: adityabaral@gmail.com, abaral@opmcm.gov.np

Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Nepal to the United Nations
Rue de la Servette 81
1201 Geneva, Switzerland
ph: (+41-22) 733-2600, 733-2621; fax: (+41-22) 733-2722
email: mission.nepal@itu.ch

Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations
820 Second Avenue, Suite 17B, New York, NY 10017
ph: 212-370-3988/3989; fax: 212-953-2038
email: nepal@un.int

Embassy of the Kingdom of Nepal In USA
2131 Leroy Place, N.W.; Washington D.C., 20008
ph: (001) 202-667-4550/4551/4552; fax: (001) 202-667-5534  
email: nepali@erols.com, lumbini@erols.com

TO LOOK UP NEPAL EMBASSIES & CONSULATES IN OTHER COUNTRIES, TRY:
http://www.kotan.org/tibet/embassies_nepal.html
http://www.welcomenepal.com/brand/missions.asp
http://www.immi.gov.np/location.php

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EMAIL BLOCK: All emails found for this alert
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mfscmed@ntc.net.np, dof@col.com.np, forest@wlink.com.np,
dnpwc@bdcin.wlink.com.np, motca@ntc.net.np, info@most.gov.np,
npsilwal@most.gov.np, info@opmcm.gov.np, rjthapa@opmcm.gov.np,
adityabaral@gmail.com, abaral@opmcm.gov.np, mission.nepal@itu.ch,
nepal@un.int, nepali@erols.com, lumbini@erols.com

*Kinship Circle cannot guarantee validity of email addresses. During campaigns, recipients may change or disable their email addresses. Emails from government, corporate, or institute websites may be incorrect.

3. SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS

Stop Monkey Business Campaign
http://www.stopmonkeybusiness.org/main.html
Gateway To Hell Campaign
http://www.gatewaytohell.net/
Coalition Anti-Vivisection
coalitionantivivisection@riseup.net

4. Links to learn more - through All-Creatures.org

SAEN: Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN)
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