ROAR: Make a stand on animal testing facility

Posted on June 18, 2010. Filed under: Bio-diversity |

-The Star- BUKIT MERTAJAM: The state government should take a firm stand on companies that conduct animal testing, said Malaysian Animal Rights and Welfare Asso­ciation (ROAR).

Its president N. Surendran said the state should be transparent and inform the public whether or not it welcomed such facilities to be set up in Penang.

Surendran said the government should not allow businessmen to exploit weaknesses in the laws governing animal welfare to operate such labs.

“It is pointless to welcome investments from such establishments at the expense of possibly jeopardising the country’s reputation in the long run,” he said.

Surendran was commenting on a report in The Star on Saturday about a facility that is believed to be using animals for testing in Seberang Prai. It has been in operation for the past three years.

Surendran said Malaysia should not be doing the “dirty job” of other nations by allowing such laboratories to operate here.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia president S. M. Mohd Idris said any facility that conducted tests on animals should be shut down.

“We must not allow animals to be abused and treated in an inhumane manner,” he said, claiming that most lab animals were put to sleep after the tests were completed.

Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy said the state was still studying the matter with the Penang Development Corpora­tion, which oversees operations of the Science Park.

State Wildlife and National Parks Department director Noor Alif Wira Osman said an inspection at the facility last week revealed that the company had yet to begin testing on animals.

He said the department had yet to receive any application from the company to conduct animal testing.

The management has so far declined to respond to the allegations.

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