Activists Oppose Indian Animal Testing Lab In Malaysia

Animal rights groups Tuesday slammed a plan by Indian drug company Vivo Bio Tech to build a 140 million dollar animal testing laboratory for preclinical trials in Malaysia.Saying the project will cause “immense suffering, misery and death… inflicted on thousands of animals,”, activists warned it could also facilitate the trade in wild-caught macaques within Malaysia.

A coalition of animal rights groups urged Malaysia to stop the construction of the laboratory on humanitarian grounds, as the country has no legislation governing the use of animals in research.”The coalition opposes the construction of this facility for both ethical reasons and the lack of scientific validity of using animals in testing,” the animal rights groups said in a joint statement.

Christine Chin, a spokeswoman for the group, said the creation of the laboratory in southern Malacca state could stain Malaysia’s reputation.”We are calling on animal groups and others around the world to join us in urging the Government of Malaysia to dissociate itself from a proposal that will not only involve the suffering and death of thousands of animals every year, but also will undoubtedly have a negative and detrimental impact on Malaysia’s image overseas,” she said.
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Stunning Up Close Photos With Nature’s Most Dangerous Predators

With a sprinkling of snow covering his face, this stunning Siberian tiger relaxes in the Montana mountains. While he may look cuddly, it would take just a few swift movements to swipe the photographer behind the lens with his huge paw. (Pics) For the cameraman is lying just inches away from the majestic beast.


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New Species Of Ancient Flying Reptile Discovered

An ancient reptile with a 9-foot wingspan was soaring over the sea in what is now North Texas some 95 million years ago when – plop – it fell into the water and died.That paleo-death tale comes from a fossilized jaw that was discovered embedded in soft, powdery shale that had been exposed by excavation of a hillside next to a highway in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2006.

Analysis of the jaw now suggests it belongs to a new-to-science genus and species of flying reptile or pterosaur, now called Aetodactylus halli after its discoverer Lance Hall, a member of the Dallas Paleontological Society who hunts fossils for a hobby.

“I was scanning the exposure and noticed what at first I thought was a piece of oyster shell spanning across a small erosion valley,” Hall said. “Only about an inch or two was exposed. I almost passed it up thinking it was oyster, but realized it was more tan-colored like bone. I started uncovering it and realized it was the jaw to something – but I had no idea what. It was upside down and when I turned over the snout portion it was nothing but a long row of teeth sockets, which was very exciting.”
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