A company called “Safer Human Medicine” is proposing to build a monkey breeding warehouse in the small town of Bainbridge, Georgia. At full capacity, the proposed facility, at a significant cost to taxpayers, would be the largest in the U.S., holding up to 30,000 long-tailed macaques bred for experiments. Such a move would not make medicine safer and would only take science and progress for animals backward.  

Local residents and national advocates are speaking out in opposition to the compound, and we join them in sounding alarms about this proposal. Building a facility designed to funnel animal test subjects into an industry that should be embracing non-animal methods and strategies would be a step backward for animals. Unlike non-animal methods, which are based on human biology, experiments on monkeys have been shown to be very unreliable when attempting to predict what will happen in humans, given the important biological differences between humans and monkeys.