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Protest against Indian testing lab in Malaysia

More than a dozen animal right activists on Wednesday assembled in front of the Indian High Commission here to protest against a planned animal testing lab to be set up by an Indian company in Malaysia`s Malacca state.



Kuala Lumpur: More than a dozen animal
right activists on Wednesday assembled in front of the Indian High
Commission here to protest against a planned animal testing
lab to be set up by an Indian company in Malaysia`s Malacca
state.

The plans by India`s Vivo BioTech Ltd to set up a
biotechnology centre in southern Malacca state has come under
fire by activists because it will conduct tests on dogs and
primates to make medicines.
The activists say Malaysia has no regulations on
animal research, which could lead to test subjects being
abused.

Undeterred by the scorching sun, the protesters, with
one of its members dressed as a rat, stood at the gates of the
High Commission, demanding the company to halt its plans to
build the controversial testing facility.

The protest was organised by People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals (Peta) Asia.

The protesters carried placards which read :`Vivo Bio
Tech: Quit Malaysia!` and `Keep cruel animal tests out of
Malaysia!`.
They chanted "quit, quit quit! quit right now!" as
police personnel monitored the situation.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
(SPCA) Selangor chairperson Christine Chin and two other
members of the group went into the building to submit a
memorandum of protest to the High Commissioner Vijay Gokhale.

The SPCA also collected signatures in support of
their joint petition against the facility which will be later
sent to Prime Minister Najib Razak and Malacca Chief Minister
Mohd Ali Rustam once 10,000 signatures are in hand.

Among those who took part in the protest were Miss
Malaysia/World 2009-2010 Thanuja Aanandhan, who is also a Peta
ambassador, and opposition senator S Ramakrishnan.

This is the second protest held since plans for
the animal testing facility were made public in April.

The first was organised in a suburb near here by a
coalition comprising the SPCA, British Union for the Abolition
of Vivisection and the European Coalition to End Animal
Experiments.

The proposed facility has sparked international
outrage, particularly after Malacca chief minister Mohd Ali
defended company`s plans, saying that God created monkeys and
rats for experiments to benefit humans.

Plans to build the facility in Malacca were put in
motion after state-owned Melaka Biotech, Vanguard Creative
Technologies Sdn Bhd and Vivo Bio Tech inked a memorandum of
understanding on the facility following negotiations in India
last January.

PTI

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