Luis Guzmán Fights Primate-Breeding Facility
Actor Luis Guzmán has joined PCRM’s effort to stop Puerto Rico from becoming a major player in the trade of primates for research. Guzmán wrote to Puerto Rico’s governor in October asking him to block a proposed monkey-breeding farm in the city of Guayama.
“I consider Puerto Rico my second home,” wrote Guzmán, who was born just north of Guayama. “Like the Guayama city council, which has expressed strong opposition to the monkey farm, I’m worried about the potential environmental and economic consequences of this project.”
The company building the Guayama facility plans to import long-tailed macaques caught in the forests of Mauritius, breed them in Puerto Rico, and ship their offspring overseas for use in drug testing and experiments.
Guzmán’s letter ends, “Please count me among the many thousands of Puerto Ricans who believe this project does not seem like a good fit for La Isla del Encanto.”