STOP BUILDING OF TORTURE LAB -- Petition & Contact info
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Please sign the petition to
STOP Vivo BioTech Ltd. from building their torture lab in Malacca:
Please email Malacca Chief
Ali Rustam and share your thoughts and/or educate him with regards to
his views on vivisecting sentient beings.
MALAYSIA MINISTER: "GOD MADE ANIMALS FOR
By Julia Zappei – 31/05/2010
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A Malaysian minister defended an Indian
plans to build an animal
testing medicine lab in his state, saying Monday that
God created monkeys and rats for experiments to benefit humans.
The plans by India's Vivo BioTech Ltd. to set up a biotechnology
state has come under fire by activists because it will conduct
tests on dogs and primates to make medicines. The activists say Malaysia
regulations on animal research, which could lead to test subjects being
But Malacca Chief
Ali Rustam said the lab had received state
approval, and animal testing was necessary to make drugs. The project is
in the planning phase. "God created animals for the benefits of human beings. That's why he created
rats and monkeys ... We cannot test on human beings," he told The
Press. "This is the way it has to be. God created monkeys, and some have
He said Malaysian agencies, such as the wildlife department, could
that the animals were not abused and proper procedures followed. He said
animals could also be seen as cruel, and yet it was widely accepted.
Vivo inked a 450 million ringgit ($141 million) joint-venture deal in
to build the biotechnology center, including laboratories where trial
will be tested on animals. Its partners are state government-owned
Biotech Holdings and local firm Vanguard Creative Technologies.
In a joint statement last month, Malaysia's Society for the
Cruelty to Animals, the British Union for
the Abolition of Vivisection and the
European Coalition to End Animal Experiments decried the project because
Malaysia has no laws protecting the welfare of animals used in
The group opposed the proposed facility for "both ethical reasons and
lack of scientific validity of using animals in testing."
The groups has submitted a protest letter to the government, urging
halt the project. "Malaysia should not open the economy to businesses like this as it
cruelty," SPCA official Jacinta Johnson said.
Activists say companies are increasingly outsourcing animal testing
where regulations are more lax and costs are lower than in the West.
Vivo has said previously it may import beagles from Holland and try
domestic primates for testing.
Last year, a French pharmaceutical research company proposed building
laboratory in southern Johor state using imported macaques, but
the project was suspended amid an outcry from environmental groups.
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