Friday, May 21, 2010

County May Consider Ethics of Primate Experimentation

Alliance for Animals

P.O. Box 1632, Madison, Wisconsin 53701
Phone: 608-257-6333
E-mail: alliance@allanimals.org
www.allanimals.org

May 21, 2010

News Advisory

Contact: Rick Bogle 608.222.2348
rick.bogle@gmail.com

County May Consider Ethics of Primate Experimentation

Dane Co, Wisc ..... A resolution to establish a Citizens’ Advisory Panel to study the use of monkeys in Dane County was introduced at the Dane County Board of Directors meeting last night, May 20, 2010. Thirteen Dane County Supervisors cosponsored the resolution.

Dane County Resolution 35 was referred to the Executive Committee and the Health and Human Needs Committee for deliberation.

The resolution would establish a panel of citizens to gather information from a broad base of knowledgeable sources concerning the care and use of the monkeys in Dane Co.; the ethics of the experiments being conduced; and barriers to retiring animals no longer wanted by the labs.

Dane County has quietly and without notice become the monkey experimentation capital of the world. More monkeys are used in Dane County than any U.S. state, and almost as many as in the entire European Union.

“This is a very significant step in our ongoing efforts to stimulate and nurture public discussion and well-informed consideration of this important and very controversial issue,” said Rick Bogle, co-director of the Alliance for Animals. “Dane County’s position as the world’s top user of monkeys should give us pause when we consider the evidence that they suffer just like you or I would if we were being treated like they are being treated. It’s time to bring the details out of the closet.”

The county supervisors who are co-sponsoring the resolution deserve much praise for their integrity and moral courage.

For more information and to view a copy of Resolution 35, see www.MonkeysInDane.info


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1 comment:

Rick said...

County May Consider Ethics of Primate Experimentation

The resolution has been referred to the County Health and Human Needs Committee and the Executive Committee for deliberation.

The resolution has been added to the Health and Human Needs Committee's upcoming meeting which will be held this Tuesday at 5:45 in room 310 of the City County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Madison. Public comment is allowed at these meetings, please consider attending even if you do not comment.

Consider making a polite phone call or sending a very polite email to the committee members. Thank the cosponsors and ask the others to support the resolution.

The county supervisors who are co-sponsoring the resolution deserve much praise for their integrity and moral courage.


Members of the Health and Human Needs Committee

Shelia Stubbs, chair (co-sponsor)
608/223-1684 stubbs@co.dane.wi.us

Jeremy Levin, vice-chair (opposed, says the research and benefits are important)
(608) 577-9335 levin.jeremy@co.dane.wi.us

Barbara Vedder (co-sponsor)
(608) 249-8428 vedder.barbara@co.dane.wi.us

Denise Duranczyk (sympathetic)
(608) 873-8302 duranczyk@co.dane.wi.us

Mike Willett (strongly opposed on grounds of jurisdiction)
(608) 845-8503 willett@co.dane.wi.us

Ronn Ferrell (seems sympathetic, but did not sign on)
(608) 695-1321 ronnferrell15@charter.net

Melissa Sargent (co-sponsor)
cell (608) 220-2273 sargent@co.dane.wi.us