Some local residents and an animal-rights group are protesting plans for a monkey-breeding facility in southwest Georgia. Opponents on Tuesday urged the Bainbridge City Council to block plans by a company called Safer Human Medicine to build a $396 million complex that would eventually hold up to 30,000 long-tailed macaques that would be sold to universities and pharmaceutical companies for medical research. The company says it plans to employ up to 263 workers. Council members didn’t directly address the concerns Tuesday, WALB-TV reported.
Given that we are so technologically advanced – we can send people into space for months at a time! – why have we been unable to make significant inroads into our most common diseases? Why are there so few options for people with stroke and Alzheimer’s disease (AD)? Why, for some cancers, are we still using the same toxic drugs we used 50 years ago? Researcher and author Pandora Pound, PhD, believes that much of the problem can be blamed on our reliance on animal models, sharing an argument she sets out in Rat Trap: The Capture of Medicine by Animal Research – and How to Break Free.