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International Primate Day 2007

Posted: 30 August 2007

International Primate Day – Saturday, September 1, 2007

September 1, 2007 marks Animal Defenders International’s third annual International Primate Day – a day that commemorates the lives of the millions of primates who suffer every day in laboratories in the US and all over the world. It’s a day to acknowledge their cries and not turn a deaf ear to them. It is a day to take a stand against cruelty.

Animal Defenders International (ADI) is an animal advocacy organization, headquartered in London, with a recently-established US office in San Francisco. ADI has a 17-year history of successful campaigning and lobbying at local, national and international levels.

Primate experimentation is horrendously cruel and unnecessary. Worst of all, it is on the rise. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has dramatically increased its funding of primate experiments and statistics from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveal that primate experimentation in the U.S. has reached an all time high. At a time when we know more than ever about our close relationship to non-human primates, this information is troubling, to say the least.

Experimentation on primates is neither humane nor scientifically accurate. Scientific reports show that animal experiments produce misleading results and can actually hold up medical progress. They are flawed because of the anatomical and physiological differences between species, which makes them unreliable as a predictor of likely human effects. During typical experiments, primates are deprived of food or water; electrodes are forced into their brains; they are confined to restraint chairs; and devices such as restraint bars and recording cylinders are bolted into their skulls. Primates in laboratories also suffer tremendously from the psychological torture of being confined to barren, steel cages – most for their entire lives – only to be used as tools for experiments, stripped of their freedom to live without fear and pain.

Opinion polls have confirmed that 90% of the public would like to see more funding of non-animal alternatives.

This year’s event will herald a new drive for an end to the use of primates in research and call for a unilateral ban across the US (the world’s biggest user of laboratory primates) and in the UK (a close second). Globally, an estimated 1.7 million primates are used in experiments each year.

Jan Creamer, chief executive of ADI, states “Our campaign focuses on the distress and inhumane treatment of primates used in research, as they are caged and chained and kept in the bleakest conditions before being subjected to horrendous experiments. Many die in transportation on the way to laboratories, others are bred merely to supply research centers and, throughout, these animals suffer pain and anguish in much the same way as humans do.” This year’s event will herald a new drive for an end to the use of primates in research and call for a unilateral ban across Europe and in the USA.

Celebrities do ‘time’ for primates

‘Monkey’ bid to hit the charts for International Primate Day – click here fore more information

MEPs back campaign to end primate tests across Europe

Click here to see whether your MEPs have signed Written Declaration 40/2007

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