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Victory in Battle over Monkey-Breeding Facility

Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court rules that Bioculture facility cannot operate

  • Monkeys like these will be spared thanks to the shutdown of Bioculture’s planned facility. Meikey/iStockphoto

UPDATE January 20, 2012: After a highly publicized battle, Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court ruled that Bioculture’s monkey-breeding facility was constructed illegally and cannot operate.

The court also denied a motion by Bioculture to reconsider, dealing a final blow to plans for the controversial facility before it even opened. The ruling upheld two previous decisions by lower courts.

This is a victory for the 4,000 monkeys that Bioculture reportedly planned to capture from the island nation of Mauritius and ship to the facility. It is a victory as well for their countless offspring, who would have been sold to research laboratories abroad to be used in painful experiments.

We thank the hundreds of HSUS supporters who urged officials to oppose the facility.

January 14, 2010

Plans to build a monkey breeding facility in Guayama, Puerto Rico have been suspended, but the victory could be fleeting.

In late December 2009, a judge ruled that Bioculture, Ltd, a company based in Mauritius that deals in the international primate trade, did not correctly follow the permit process needed to build the facility.

A lawyer for Bioculture said that the company would appeal the ruling. The facility is slated to open later this year.

The facility would be used to breed monkeys who would then be sold to research laboratories for use in product testing and research experiments. Many such experiments can cause severe pain and suffering to these highly social animals.

Local residents have voiced outrage over the environmental impact the facility would have on the community and the animal suffering that would result.

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