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Primate Products: Ask Novartis not to do business with them

August 2, 2011

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Novartis has been in contact with Primate Products.  Write to Amber Lange of Novartis and tell her that Novartis should not do business with Primate Products. Ask her to share your concerns with her co-workers at Novartis.  You may use the Sample Letter but please shorten and modify so she receives a variety.


Hendry County – A Fox 4 investigation is creating a ripple effect through Washington D.C.

Two Florida lawmakers are now calling for an “immediate suspension” of the government’s contracts with Primate Products, an animal research facility awarded $1.3 million in stimulus money.

Fox 4 discovered the contract with Primate Products didn’t create a single job.

Primate Products has a location miles behind the Hendry County Prison, off of a long dirt road. They import animals from all over the world for scientific research.

Last fall, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), paid Primate Products $1.3 million, using stimulus money meant for spurring economic growth and saving or creating jobs.

Here’s the break down: The feds gave Primate Products nearly $538,000 to buy 108 monkeys for flu virus experiments. They were also given $792,000 from a pool of $17 million to develop a universal flu vaccine.

“I think it’s great that you’re doing the story,” said Rep. Connie Mack, “and that you’ve uncovered this.”

Before our story even ran, the southwest Florida congressman sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for an explanation as to how the money given to Primate Products fits in with the goals of the stimulus.

“We were told the stimulus package was going to create jobs,” said Mack. “This is what people are so frustrated about – that the government is spending money on things that the people don’t need, don’t want and don’t deserve.”

Fox 4 left messages and e-mails with Health and Human Services to see if they are in fact investigation but have yet to hear back.

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Amber Lange
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
East Hanover, New Jersey
Phone: (862) 778-0335
Fax: (973) 781-2286


Dear Ms. Lange,

I have just learned that you have been in contact with Primate Products on behalf of Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, and I am writing to request you reject this project. You should be aware that, despite any solicitous remarks made to facilitate societal endorsement of vivisection, it is fundamentally cruel and unethical, and the existence of non-lethal alternatives makes vivisection not only inhumane but also archaic.  You should also be aware that Primate Products is once again receiving negative publicity and it would seem irresponsible to connect Novartis with such shocking allegations.

Please allow me this opportunity to elaborate. Those of us who share the ethical belief that non-human animals have inherent rights, including lives free from human-manufactured exploitation and suffering, choose to expose the industry that disregards this most basic moral tenet. Any attempt at validation using conciliatory rhetoric meant to solicit support is false, lies perpetrated by an industry accustomed to spin and dependent upon the, at times, intentional misinterpretation by consumers to foster approval. To disregard this unambiguous cruelty as necessary is nothing but an employ of disingenuous industry lingo, an example of the distortion advocated as care and concern. However, we who recognize the deceptive nature of such promotion understand the reality: those who actually care for animals do not imprison them and expose them to disease and experimentation; those who actually concern themselves with animals would never subject them to pain, suffering, and agony and the denial of companionship and comfort.

From a pragmatic standpoint, if we could adequately determine the effects of drugs using animals in general then human trials would be unnecessary, a costly redundancy of testing protocols. Therefore, if animals cannot be used to predict a human outcome in general, then how can they be used to predict safety? It’s a ridiculous premise, one on which vivisectors place the lives of human animals and the death of non-human animals with a publicity machine using deceptive statements and misleading assertions fabricated by unscrupulous “scientists” to garner social approval. Indeed, to establish legitimacy, they constantly promote the idea that those opposed to animal testing are supportive of human suffering. What an insidious remark, effective in its subtlety to gain public endorsement while at the same time fostering a hatred towards anti-vivisectionists, labeling us as misanthropists. I can assure you, I am neither ethically challenged nor stupid: these false assertions are nothing but pathetic attempts to rationalize a morally deficient industry where they capitalize on the fear of people and exploitation of animals.

Animal experimentation is unnecessary, unjustified, and unprincipled, its only function to financially benefit those who exploit animals. Animals have rights to live free from pain and suffering regardless of objections to acknowledge such; I therefore hope this message finds you willing to examine and subsequently change your potential complicity in their abuse and death.

Thank you for your attention and consideration.


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primates are not products
they are not commodities
they are not for research
they are not inanimate oddities
they are living creatures
who eat, drink, and feel
living lives like ours
very real

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sylvie Rochat permalink
    August 9, 2011 3:58 am

    letter sent


  2. October 2, 2011 6:05 am

    email sent


  3. October 2, 2011 3:29 pm

    Thank you!


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