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      Please sign the petition to
      STOP Vivo BioTech Ltd. from building their torture lab in Malacca:
       
      http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/StopPlansForAnimalTestingMalaysia


      Please email Malacca Chief
      Minister Mohamad

      Ali Rustam and share your thoughts and/or educate him with regards to
      his views on vivisecting sentient beings. 

      Email: 
      alirustam@...




      MALAYSIA MINISTER: "GOD MADE ANIMALS FOR
      TESTING"


      By Julia Zappei – 31/05/2010

      KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A Malaysian minister defended an Indian
      company's
      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
      center in
      southern Malacca

      state has come under fire by activists because it will conduct
      tests on dogs and primates to make medicines. The activists say Malaysia
      has no
      regulations on animal research, which could lead to test subjects being
      abused.



      But Malacca Chief
      Minister Mohamad

      Ali Rustam said the lab had received state
      approval, and animal testing was necessary to make drugs. The project is
      still
      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
      Associated
      Press. "This is the way it has to be. God created monkeys, and some have
      to be
      tested."



      He said Malaysian agencies, such as the wildlife department, could
      monitor
      that the animals were not abused and proper procedures followed. He said
      eating
      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
      January
      to build the biotechnology center, including laboratories where trial
      medicines
      will be tested on animals. Its partners are state government-owned
      Melaka
      Biotech Holdings and local firm Vanguard Creative Technologies.



      In a joint statement last month, Malaysia's Society for the
      Prevention of
      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
      experiments.



      The group opposed the proposed facility for "both ethical reasons and
      the
      lack of scientific validity of using animals in testing."



      The groups has submitted a protest letter to the government, urging
      it to
      halt the project. "Malaysia should not open the economy to businesses like this as it
      promotes
      cruelty," SPCA official Jacinta Johnson said.



      Activists say companies are increasingly outsourcing animal testing
      to Asia,
      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
      to obtain
      domestic primates for testing.



      Last year, a French pharmaceutical research company proposed building
      an
      animal
      testing
      laboratory in southern Johor state using imported macaques, but
      the project was suspended amid an outcry from environmental groups.



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