Tell Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño to Withdraw Support for Primate-Breeding Facility

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Originally Posted: 2 January 2010

[Ed. Note: Victory Update: Monkey Abuser Loses Again in Court...Again.]

Tell Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño to Withdraw Support for Primate-Breeding Facility

FROM Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

Tell Governor Fortuño that Bioculture has proven itself to be "reprehensible" (per Senate report) and he needs to withdraw all support for that company's primate-breeding facility.

CONTACT

Sign an online petition here

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

Governarod Luis Fortuño
La Fortaleza
P.O. Box 9020082
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902-0082
phone (787) 721-7000
fax (787) 721-5072

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

On 12/30/04, a Puerto Rican court halted construction of a highly controversial primate-breeding facility in Guayama, Puerto Rico. If erected, the facility would pose a serious public health threat, and it would hold at least 3,000 monkeys taken from the wild in Mauritius. The monkeys would be used for breeding and experimentation.

In July 2009, Neal Barnard (founder, PCRM) went to Puerto Rico to visit the site of this facility. He was shocked by the environmental devastation and the effects of the facility on the neighboring community, as well as the animal suffering that would occur if the facility became operational.

While interviewing at a local TV station, he had the opportunity to speak with Gov. Fortuño, who said that if the parent company was found to be in the wrong he would withdraw his support for the project. Just weeks before the court’s decision to halt the facility, the Puerto Rico Senate also issued a report criticizing Bioculture, the company responsible for the facility.

“We conclude that the action and non-actions of the company with respect to the protection and integrity of the cultural, historic and archeological resources of the land has been absolutely inadmissible and reprehensible,” the Senate report said.

In light of the findings of the Senate committee and the ruling of the court, please call on Gov. Fortuño to honor his commitment.


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