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ADI takes monkeys to sanctuary as Europe considers new rules for experiments on primates

Posted: 22 December 2009. Updated: 16 April 2015


The Europe-wide rules for animal experimentation are currently being revised for the first time in almost twenty years.

After a year of discussion, compromise regulations are being finalised in trialogue discussions between the European Parliament, European Commission and Council of Ministers. The new Directive will replace Directive 86/609.

The European Commission had proposed restrictions on how monkeys could be used in experiments and measures to stop the capture of wild monkeys by dealers supplying EU laboratories. ADI has been dismayed to see these mild proposals seriously weakened by the European Parliament and Council of Ministers.

Almost all laboratory monkeys are born of wild caught parents. This means that whilst laboratories claim not to use wild caught monkeys, the dealers that supply them are in fact constantly capturing animals from the wild to re-stock their breeding farms.


Under Threat

Baloo, Betty and Boo, saved by ADI this week, were part of this trade. Their parents had been torn from the wild in Mauritius and were sold to Mazor Farm in Israel, who sold their offspring to the research facility that eventually handed them to ADI.

The Commission had proposed that the sale of monkeys born of wild caught parents to EU labs would be phased out in seven years. But this been delayed and may even be put off indefinitely. This means that thousands of monkeys will continue to be torn from the wild to satisfy European demand, a trade that is not sustainable. The IUCN has announced that all primate species are under threat – almost half are now either endangered or critically endangered.

Home for Christmas

Tim Phillips: “Against all the odds, three little monkeys have a future and will grow old climbing trees and at play. We hold very different views to the laboratory that handed over these animals but appreciate that we were able to come together for the sake of these animals. I hope that the politicians reviewing regulations for laboratory animals will see these animals and appreciate that they have real lives in their hands and consider serious protection measures.”

ADI will be funding the care of the monkeys for the rest of their lives: this includes construction and upkeep of the enclosures, food and nutrition, and vetenary services. We can’t do this without your help.

ADI would like to thank PBS International for its help in organising the transportation of the monkeys; and Djurrattsalliansen and Behind Closed Doors who wrote to the laboratory and alerted ADI to the monkeys.

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