Monkey Business in Nepal
Animal Nepal is concerned about the activities of the Washington National Primate Center (WNPC) and the Nepal Natural History Society.
Following the Indian ban on the export of rhesus monkeys for use in bio-medical research, Western research labs now seem to be eyeing Nepali monkeys. WNPC and its Nepali counterpart, NHS, have established a breeding centre for Nepalese rhesus monkeys at Lele, Kathmandu Valley. The monkeys in future are to be exported to the US and undergo painful and sometimes deadly tests.
Nepal's Hindus honour monkeys as a reincarnation of Lord Hanuman; Buddhists believe no animal can be killed or subjected to cruelties. Monkeys are a very important part of the country's natural and cultural heritage.
As citizens we are proud of our primates and do not want them to suffer unnecessarily. We certainly do not want our monkeys to end up in an American lab, subjected to horrifying experiments.
I am extremely concerned about the activities of the Washington National Primate Center and the Nepal Natural History Society.
I request you to take action against this project and to:
· Investigate how alliances such as these can enter the country in disguise, without permission and/or informing authorities (and make sure it won't happen again);
· To clarify the country's stand on the protection of its precious fauna, including primates;
· To pass animal welfare legislation as soon as possible, including a ban on (inhumane) research on animals and export of animal species for scientific use;
· To prevent overseas professionals / research centers from conducting tests on Nepal's animal species, unless aimed at improving their welfare and/or genuine conservation of the species.
The Monkey Business in Nepal petition to Animal Nepal was written by lucia de vries and is in the category Animal Rights at GoPetition.