An undercover video showing the seldom seen conditions and treatment of monkeys being experimented on has caused a media and political storm in Germany. An animal rights activist using a false name allegedly went undercover with a hidden camera at the Max Planck Institute for biological cybernetics Tubingen, Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany, outside Stuttgart.
The federal government reportedly has spent more than $3 million to get monkeys drunk in order to study the effect the alcohol has on body tissue. The monkey project, which reportedly has cost taxpayers $3.2 million so far, is being led by the Oregon Health & Science University.
Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) has uncovered dozens of negligent primate deaths at SNBL (Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories) including 25 primates who died during a shipment of animals from Alice, TX, to Everett, WA, with the shipment originating in Cambodia. Other primate deaths due to trauma or hypothermia occurred in SNBL’s Alice, TX, facility.
The activists in Smash HLS have never been shy about pushing the boundaries when it comes protesting Miami-based Worldwide Primates, a firm that sells monkeys sometimes used in scientific experiments. When a New Times writer hung out with the group last summer, they were marching outside the home of one primate dealer’s 93-year-old mom.
A Colombian conservationist has been locked in a contentious legal fight against a leading researcher who uses wild monkeys in his search for a malaria vaccine. A recent court decision that banned the practice is seen as a victory in efforts to restrict the use of monkeys in medical research.
“Effective today (Friday), the animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients is outlawed throughout India. This is a huge victory for animals in laboratories,” said Alokparna Sengupta, Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free India campaign manager.
Over a thousand monkeys are being used for research and testing in a lab in Yemassee. Monday, a national animals rights group exposed photos of what, they claim, are inhumane conditions causing dozens of the animals to die at that lab. Stop Animal Exploitation Now, an animal protection group based out of Ohio, has filed a complaint about Alpha Genesis Incorporated with federal government.
In another step forward in the campaign to end animal testing in cosmetics, California’s Senate approved a measure by State Senator Marty Block urging the country to follow in other region’s footsteps and implement a ban.
Senator Lee Rhiannon of the Greens announced she will introduce a bill to ban all animal-tested cosmetics in Australia, including those imported from countries that test on animals. In June, a survey done by the Humane Research Australia showed that 81 per cent of Australians support such a ban in the country. This follows closely the introduction of a bill by U.S. Senator Jim Moran this month which bans all cosmetic testing on animals in the United States.
Drug-maker Merck & Co. is joining two dozen other pharmaceutical companies and contract laboratories in committing to not use chimpanzees for research. The growing trend could mean roughly 1,000 chimps in the U.S. used for research or warehoused for many years in laboratory cages could be “retired” to sanctuaries by around 2020.
Last month, the Chinese Food and Drug Administration announced it would loosen its regulations surrounding animal testing for cosmetics, starting in June 2014. While animal testing is legal in approximately 80 percent of the world, including the United States, China is the only country where it is mandatory for all cosmetics and beauty products sold within its borders.
L’Oreal’s push into China’s $32 billion beauty market has a hidden cost — if you’re a rabbit or a mouse. The Paris-based maker of shampoos and lipsticks this month agreed to pay $843 million for Chinese cosmetics face-mask maker Magic Holdings International, accelerating expansion into the world’s second-biggest economy, where it derived about 6 percent of sales last year.