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Celebrities in jail for primates:

Posted: 30 August 2007

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Meg Matthews, Maria Danes and Julia Stephenson

Celebrity supporters of Animal Defenders International (ADI) were ‘jailed’ in a primate cage in London today to promote International Primate Day on Saturday, 1st September. This year’s event focuses on ADI’s campaign to end primate experiments in Europe.

Celebrities who went ‘inside’ included:

  • Meg Matthews, ex wife of supergroup Oasis founder member, Noel Gallagher;
  • Maria Daines, singer songwriter, who wrote ‘Monkey in a Cage’ now storming up the main charts and already top of the indie charts - see http://www.indiestore.com/tags/rock ; and
  • Julia Stephenson, otherwise known as the Green Goddess, vegetarian celebrity and columnist on The Independent.

Celebrity messages for International Primate Day, 1st September 2007:

Julia Stephenson said: “‘Animal testing is inhumane, ineffective and out of date. A drug that woks on animals will not necessarily work on humans as we are so different – just one example of this are the 80 Aids vaccines which were successful in curing primates yet which failed human trials. More recently there was the Northwick Park Hospital trial disaster, when six men nearly died when given the drug TGN1412, because it was shown to be safe in monkeys at 500 times the dose. And the arthritis drug Vioxx, which appeared to protect the heart in mice and monkeys, but may have contributed to 320,000 heart attacks and strokes in people, killing up to 140,000: the biggest drug disaster in history.” She concluded: “Animal testing is disastrous for animals AND humans!”

Singer songwriter Maria Daines explained: “For too many years primates have been incarcerated behind the walls of impenetrable establishments in the name of animal research. Advances in science show that testing on primates is unnecessary. When the opportunity arose to give a voice to the plight of these poor creatures it was an easy song to write, just imagine you are the monkey in a cage.”

Photographs of Meg Matthews, Maria Daines and Julia Stephenson in the cage are available, please contact press office before International Primate Day on Saturday, 1st September 2007.

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Notes to Editors

International Primate Day (IPD) – 1st September 2007
Animal Defenders International’s third annual International Primate Day commemorates the lives of the millions of primates who suffer every day in laboratories in the name of research all over the world. Supporters everywhere are being urged to lobby their MEPs to take a stand against their use in research.

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

This year’s events will call for a unilateral ban across the US (the world’s biggest user of laboratory primates) and in the UK as the largest user of laboratory monkeys in the EU. Three countries, the UK, France and Germany are responsible for almost all of the 10,000 experiments on monkeys in the EU. Globally, an estimated 1.7 million primates are used in experiments each year.

Click here for IPD gallery of images

Click here to download the song “Monkey in a Cage” for International Primate Day

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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