Monday, October 10, 2005

Scientists offered animal research haven in Africa

Scientists intimidated by the growing wave of animal rights extremism across Europe are being offered a home in Africa.

Researchers in Britain, in particular, have warned that vital medical research is being dropped in the face of firebombs, intimidation and day-to-day harassment.

But the Institute of Primate Research in Nairobi is opening its doors to an expected research exodus. The move angered animal welfare groups, which warn that western scientists must not be allowed to escape the ethical standards of their countries.

Professor Emmanuel Wango, director of the institute, believes his country can offer world-class facilities free from the intimidation that exists in Europe and the United States.

However, Jean Gilchrist, of the Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals, said:

"We are not happy with this proposal.

"If animal experiments are to be done - and we believe that alternatives should be used when possible - then these should be very, very strictly controlled."


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