Written by Jeff Mackey
The Israeli attorney general has decreed that the High Court must permanently halt this shipment
of monkeys, citing that it is
illegal to transport monkeys captured in the wild for experiments and that
Israeli authorities had not approved the use of the animals for the type of
experiments that Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories sought to perform.
Thanks to the efforts of the Israeli animal-protection
organizations Behind Closed Doors and Let the Animals Live, with assistance from PETA, a shipment of 90 monkeys
destined for a laboratory has been halted, at least temporarily. The monkeys were to be shipped from Mazor Farm, an infamous monkey-breeding
facility in Israel, to Shin
Nippon Biomedical Laboratories (SNBL), a testing laboratory and primate supplier in the United States.
Armed with information supplied by PETA, Let the Animals
Live presented evidence to the High Court of Justice in Israel demonstrating
how SNBL torments animals and repeatedly violated U.S. animal welfare laws. Israeli officials also
reviewed scientific data showing that primates make poor models of human disease and for predicting drug response in humans. Additionally,
Israeli law does not allow the export of wild-caught monkeys, and we pointed
out to Israeli authorities that 70 of these 90 monkeys were torn away from
their families in the wild.
In response to these compelling arguments, the Israeli attorney
general decreed that this shipment is legally problematic, and the High Court
has halted the shipment, demanding that SNBL produce its own evidence showing
how it plans to use the monkeys in experiments.
PETA also contacted the airline that had been prepared to
accept this shipment and urged it to join the growing number of airlines that refuse to transport primates to
Stay tuned—if the Israeli government does ultimately allow
the shipment to proceed, we may ask you to contact this airline and demand that
it stop delivering primates to be tortured in experiments.
Thank you PETA!! Continued great work:)
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