Blogging About Critters Since 2007

Friday, November 2, 2007

Gitmo for Animals: Primates Kept in Wretched Conditions

Michelle Thew, the head of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, has an excellent article about a facility in Spain where animals are kept in bare metal and concrete cages in the hot sun. The BUAV has it on film:

The film, made by an undercover investigator for the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) reveals the animals at Camarles are kept in bare concrete and metal cages under the searing Spanish sun before being sent to European laboratories to end their lives undergoing painful experiments.

Despite being bound by EU rules, the pens shown in the secretly filmed footage cannot possibly meet the animals' needs, the BUAV believes.

Catalan authorities banned the building of new primate "supply" centres in 2003 after a public outcry over the Camarles compound, reflecting wider EU public opposition to the laboratory primate trade. The BUAV's investigation shows the compound is being expanded in defiance of such public concern, to grow its housing capacity from 1,000 to 3,000 monkeys.

Here is a link to the BUAV site that has more information
and some of what they filmed there.

They allege that ownership can be traced to a company called Covance.

Covance has been fined in the US for violating the Animal Welfare Act.

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