The BUAV has welcomed a ruling by the commonwealth Supreme Court in Puerto Rico against the Mauritius based company, Bioculture PR, to open a monkey breeding farm. This is despite the construction of the facility and a reported total investment to be around $12 million. This ruling is the latest dramatic development in a long running campaign by local residents and animal protection groups.
In May 2009, the BUAV revealed plans that Bioculture intended to construct a monkey breeding farm in Puerto Rico to supply monkeys primarily to the US research industry. It was revealed that around 4,000 monkeys from Mauritius would be used to establish the farm. BUAV launched an international campaign which was supported by animal groups around the world. Opposition to the project was also widespread in Puerto Rico itself, especially Guayama, the location for the proposed farm. An investigation carried out by the Puerto Rico Senate also raised concerns that inadequate consideration had been given to the impact that the construction would have on local citizens, their land and water supplies.
Quoted this weekend in the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, Committee Spokesman Wilson Nazario said, “This is the best Christmas gift that we have recieved in the past years. This is needed to return the tranquility and safety to residents of Guayama and nearby towns."
BUAV’s Chief Executive. Michelle Thew, said: “We are delighted by this development. The international trade in primates for research is a cruel and brutal trade that inflicts great suffering. We applaud the people of Puerto Rico for taking a stand against this proposal and Supreme Court for making this ruling.”