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Undercover Exposé of the Primate lab trade launched in Spain

Posted: 25 August 2009. Updated: 21 September 2009

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To launch a new campaign to end experiments on primates in Europe Animal Defenders International (ADI) and AnimaNaturalis screened exclusive and dramatic footage in a new documentary on the laboratory primate trade. Footage includes capture, supply centres and experiments. Video of monkeys inside the supply facility at Camarles, awaiting experimentation in Europe is included.

The launch of the campaign was chaired by Catalan MEP Raul Romeva (pictured, with ADI Campaigner Alexandra Cardenas), who included animal protection in his electoral programme for 2009. The screening was followed by a press conference was held in the Barcelona headquarters of the Green Catalonian Party (ICV).

The campaign aims to increase pressure on the Council of Ministers who are currently considering Europe-wide rules on animal experiments. The European Commission have proposed restrictions of primate experiments and a crackdown on the wild capture of primates by dealers supplying European laboratories. The European Parliament is expected to have a second reading of the new rules later this year. Campaigners describe this as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to influence experimentation across the European Union where 12 million animals die in experiments each year.

ADI and AnimaNaturalis also presented new campaigns materials, including a special postcard for Spanish citizens to send to Ambassador Carlos Bastarreche, Spain’s Permanent Representative in the Council of Ministers. The postcards call for support for replacement, reduction and refinement and for action on the use of primates in experiments.

Mr. Romeva presented the new campaign in Catalan and Spanish and emphasised on the importance of the campaign in the European Parliament and of the EU Swedish Presidency and the forthcoming Spanish Presidency in 2010.

AnimaNaturalis’ Spain Director, Jonathan Torralba, and ADI’s Animals in Entertainment Campaigner, Alexandra Cardenas, introduced the screening and concluded the event by inviting the public to send the postcards to Ambassador Bastarreche to have a real impact on Spain’s opinion in the Council.

ADI’s Chief Executive Jan Creamer says: “Our video shows the incredible suffering of monkeys at every stage of this cruel trade – capture, shocking conditions in animal dealers, and the horror of experimentation. We contrast this with the modern, safe reliable techniques that are available to replace these cruel tests. We are delighted to launch this campaign with Animanaturalis and believe that Spanish people will respond compassionately when they see our footage. This is a unique opportunity to make real progress in the elimination of animal experiments and protecting animal welfare in Europe. For the sake of animals and science it is vital that the moment is seized.”

AN Activists Coordinator, Aida Gascón, says: “The industry and labs hide a very cruel reality of the animals. We hope that with this campaign thousands of citizens will not only be aware of this situation but also take an active stand, writing letters and protesting against animal maltreatment. The animals do not have a voice and need to be defended."

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