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From: "Shirley McGreal" <[email protected]><br><br><br><br>
The small and troubled Kingdom of Nepal now has<br><br>
two monkey laboratories focusing on utilization of rhesus monkeys.<br><br><br><br>
According to the CIA's World Factbook<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a>,<br><br>
Nepal is: Hindu 80.6%, Buddhist 10.7%, Muslim<br><br>
4.2%, Kirant 3.6%, other 0.9% (2001 census) - the<br><br>
factbook provides information about the<br><br>
conditions prevailing in that nation. It notes<br><br>
that, "Nepal is the only official Hindu state in the world."<br><br><br><br>
Monkeys have traditionally been accorded great<br><br>
reverence by Hindus and Buddhists. Hence it is<br><br>
surprising that two experimental laboratories are<br><br>
under way in Nepal. One of them is associated<br><br>
with the Washington National Primate Center,<br><br>
Seattle, Washington, USA. The other, named the<br><br>
Nepal Biomedical Research Center, is located at<br><br>
Lalitpur, Nepal, and Pravesh Shresta is named as<br><br>
its "CEO." This center names as its "counterpart"<br><br>
the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research<br><br>
and its mission as finding vaccines/cures for<br><br>
AIDS, diabetes, Alzheimer's, identifying the<br><br>
causes of alcoholism and drug addiction, finding<br><br>
a cure for sickle cell anemia, restoring function<br><br>
to paralysed victims of spinal cord injuries,<br><br>
etc. How this could be accomplished in the remote<br><br>
nation of Nepal is not clear. IPPL is not aware<br><br>
of any captive animal protective legislation in<br><br>
Nepal (in fact there are very few captive animals).<br><br><br><br>
Please let me know if you would like a copy of a<br><br>
gaudy flyer issued by this lab (it can only be sent as an attachment).<br><br><br><br>
Two Nepalese organizations, Animal Nepal and<br><br>
Wildlife Watch, are fighting the monkeys labs.<br><br>
There is an e-petition opposing removal of rhesus<br><br>
monkeys from the wild. Please sign if you haven't<br><br>
already. You can find it at <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br>
Please sign if you haven't already and spread the word about it.<br><br><br><br>
US readers can contact the Nepalese Embassy in<br><br>
Washington DC requesting that Nepal abandon plans<br><br>
to exploit its rhesus monkeys and continue to protect them.<br><br><br><br>
Embassy of Nepal<br><br>
2131 Leroy Place, NW<br><br>
Washington, DC 20008<br><br>
Tel: 202 667 4550, Fax: 202 667 5534<br><br>
Email: <mailto:[email protected]>[email protected]<br><br><br><br>
UK readers can contact:<br><br><br><br>
Embassy of Nepal<br><br>
12A Kensington Palace Gardens<br><br>
London W8 4QU<br><br>
Phone: (020) 7229 1594/6231<br><br>
<mailto:[email protected]>[email protected] .uk<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Dr. Shirley McGreal, Chairwoman<br><br>
International Primate Protection League<br><br>
PO Box 766<br><br>
Summerville, SC 29484, USA<br><br>
Phone - 843-871-2280, Fax- 843-871-7988<br><br>
E-mail - <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>, Web: <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br><br>
"So long as life lasts, dashed hopes stand a<br><br>
chance. We need only get over that current<br><br>
feeling that says, 'Where there is life there<br><br>
must be hopelessness.' We must ever answer the<br><br>
question 'But what can I do?' with the<br><br>
realization that restoring the Earth, making<br><br>
things better, renews and heals us at the same time."<br><br>
* David Brower
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