The attorney-general, Yehuda Weinstein said Friday that a batch of female monkeys trapped in the wild and shipped to Israel cannot be exported for medical research.

"Since [the female monkeys] have been trapped and brought to Israel to live in captivity on [Mazor] Farm for breeding, they should be allow to end their lives in dignity and not in experimentation, nor in the suffering caused by another shipment as well as the experiments themselves," Weinstein said.

The response came in a supplementary legal opinion filed to the High court by the attorney-general's office, in response to a petition by an animal rights group asking to prevent a shipment of 90 long-tailed macaques from the Mazor Farm facility in Petah Tikva to an animal testing laboratory in the USA.

Seventy of the 90 female macaques earmarked for shipment were trapped in the wild and shipped to Israel, where Mazor Farm bred them. The remaining macaques are their offspring, born in captivity.

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