Monkeys steal Covid-19 test samples from health worker in India | India | The Guardian

Monkeys eating fruit on a street in Delhi

Blood samples later recovered undamaged after fears incident could have helped spread virus

Agence France-PresseFri 29 May 2020 10.06 EDT

Monkeys mobbed an Indian health worker and made off with blood samples from coronavirus tests, prompting fears they could have spread the virus in the local area.

After making off with the three samples this week in Meerut, near Delhi, the monkeys scampered up nearby trees and one then tried to chew its plunder.

The sample boxes were later recovered and had not been damaged, the Meerut medical college superintendent, Dheeraj Raj, told AFP on Friday after footage of the incident went viral on social media.

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“They were still intact and we don’t think there is any risk of contamination or spread,” Raj said. He said the three people whose samples were stolen had been retested for the virus.https://interactive.guim.co.uk/2020-embeds/2020/03/country/embed/main.html?country=India#amp=1

Coronavirus has been detected in animals, though there has been no confirmation that the disease can be passed to humans from them.

India’s coronavirus death toll passed that of neighbouring China on Friday, with 175 new deaths in 24 hours taking the total to 4,706, according to official data.

India, home to some of the world’s most densely populated cities and a creaking healthcare system, is emerging as a new hotspot with record jumps in new cases in recent days.

In many rural areas, farmers regularly lose crops to monkey populations and have demanded local governments intervene to check their populations.

City authorities in Delhi have used long-tailed langur monkeys to scare away smaller primates from around the Indian parliament.

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EMERGENCY DEADLINE: 34,503 more signatures needed!!

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EMERGENCY DEADLINE: 34,503 more signatures needed!!


See below. It’s an EMERGENCY. 

Congress is about to vote on the COVID-19 spending bill. 

Add your name to ensure not one more dime is shipped to CHINA for dog meat roundups and animal experiments. 

–Mackie 

Mackie Burr
Digital Director
White Coat Waste Project

P.S. We must gather 34,503 more signatures in the next 24 hours, or Congress won’t prioritize this. DO NOT WAIT! 

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This makes me SICK! 

BREAKING: The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has authorized 24 labs in China to spend YOUR TAX MONEY on animal experiments! 

As the Coronavirus ravages the nation, the feds are on a massive spending spree in China!

EMERGENCY PETITION: Rush your signature right now to permanently ban U.S. tax money from being shipped to China for animal testing!!

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It gets worse: one of these labs — The Wuhan Institute of Virology — is where COVID-19 is rumored to have been released from. 

“And then there is this little-known fact: Some Chinese researchers are in the habit of selling their laboratory animals to street vendors after they have finished experimenting on them.” -NEW YORK POST

I’m sick to my stomach.

As Congress pushes the COVID-19 spending bill, we launched this new emergency petition to ensure your tax money isn’t shipped to China for animal tests or dog meat roundups. 

Will you sign and share? 

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EXTREMELY URGENT: We must rally at least 250,000 taxpayer signatures to generate a critical mass of support in the next 72 hours. 

Add your name to our emergency petition right now to tell Congress and the President: don’t spend one more cent of U.S. tax money on animal experiments in China! 

Please don’t wait. 

Justin Goodman
Vice President
White Coat Waste Project 

P.S. EMERGENCY PETITION: taxpayers like you should NEVER be forced to pay off China’s worst animal testing labs. And you shouldn’t be forced to pay for China’s lab animal round ups in dog and cat meat “wet markets.” Please sign and share our new petition if you agree.

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P&G Ends Animal Testing On Its 19 Cosmetic Brands

Procter & Gamble, one of the world’s top cosmetics brands, wants to end global cosmetic animal testing by 2023.

The global consumer goods giant announced today that it joined the #BeCrueltyFree campaign launched by animal rights nonprofit, Humane Society International (HSI). Procter & Gamble owns a total of 19 cosmetics companies, including Olay, Old Spice, Gillette, Ivory, Head & Shoulders, and Pantene.

“We are pleased to partner with the Humane Society International in the quest to end cosmetic animal testing. I’m proud of the passion and expertise our researchers have contributed already to this goal,” Kathy fish, chief research, development, and innovation officer and Procter & Gamble said in a statement.

Procter & Gamble does not test products or ingredients on animals unless required by law, according to the website. The company has worked with HSI, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and the Humane Society Legislative Fund to develop animal-free testing methods. Over the past 40 years, Procter & Gamble has invested more than $410 million in alternative testing. It currently uses over 50 methods, half of which the company had a hand in developing.

“This partnership represents an important milestone in our efforts to end animal testing for cosmetics worldwide through our #BeCrueltyFree campaign. By working together with forward-looking companies like Procter & Gamble, we can make this ambitious goal a reality,” said Kitty Block president of HSI and HSUS.

The new collaboration will focus on mainstreaming cruelty-free testing methods and laying pressure on companies and world governments to update their policies.

“Animal testing of cosmetics not only causes unnecessary animal suffering, but it also represents outdated science,” said Troy Seidle, HSI’s vice president for research and toxicology. He stressed how working with a household name like Procter & Gamble is important to mobilizing global cosmetic animal testing bans in major markets such as the US and Canada.

A growing number of nations have implemented cosmetic animal testing over the past year. Australia announced a ban earlier this month and Colombia banned testing for cosmetics and cleaning products last September. In the US, California legislators voted unanimously to ban cosmetic animal testing this past fall.

Both Canada and the EU are working towards bans. Last November, the EU invested €500 million toward developing cruelty-free alternatives. Major brands such as Dove and CoverGirl have also recently ended their animal testing policies.

Procter & Gamble, which owns 19 cosmetics brands, is working towards a global ban on cosmetic animal testing and cruelty-free animal testing alternatives.

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