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OBJECTION! Stop the primate lab
Posted 1 May 2002
Following on from the success in persuading the local planning authority to reject a proposed primate research centre, Cambridge University has now formally appealed and has also made moves to appeal to John Prescott to make the final decision and not take the matter to a public inquiry.
The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection have published a devastating undercover exposé of precisely the kind of neurological experiments on monkeys in which Cambridge University's proposed new primate research centre would specialise. This category of experiment was also the subject of our Mad Science Awards 2001. The mass of evidence demonstrates that such experiments are both appallingly cruel and without any scientific merit.
Please counter the appeal by Cambridge University. You now have until mid-November to get your letter to the address below. Your letter need not be long or complicated.
Key grounds for rejecting the appeal are that:
- The proposed project is not in the 'national interest' - as claimed by the appellants. This is because research on the primate model has not and will not advance human medicine; quite the reverse.
- The experiments cause immense suffering - cruelty that blights the reputation of Cambridge and of British science.
- The proposed site is in the Green Belt.
- There is the potential for a conflict of interest between the impartial functioning of the planning system and the public statements by Ministers, including the Prime Minister, insisting that this project go ahead.
The address to write to is:
The Planning Inspectorate
Room 3/24 Hawk Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol BS1 6PN
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU QUOTE THE FOLLOWING APPEAL REFERENCE NUMBER IN YOUR LETTER: APP/WO530/A/02/109018. IT IS ALSO VITAL THAT YOU SEND COPIES IN TRIPLICATE (I.E. A TOTAL OF THREE).
The Laboratory is making a move to appeal to John Prescott to make the final decision and not to take the matter to a public inquiry. Please write directly to John Prescott asking him not to decide the appeal himself as this would be both inappropriate and unlawful. We need to ensure that there is a proper Public Inquiry.
Please write letters to:
The Rt. Hon. John Prescott MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister