Puerto Rico Halts Construction of Monkey Breeding Facility
The 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 pointed out the ethical and scientific problems with breeding monkeys and selling their offspring for experiments. PCRM and others also argued that monkeys would likely 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.
Members of 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 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.
To learn more about PCRM’s campaigns to stop animal experiments, visit PCRM.org/Research.
In addition to ethical and scientific problems with breeding monkeys for experiments, ecological damage could result from escaped monkeys. Pictured here is La Coca Falls, located in El Yunque tropical forest preserve in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.