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ADI welcomes call to end primate research

Posted: 22 August 2005

Scientists and animal protection groups have united at the 5th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, in Berlin this week to agree a unilateral halt in the use of primates in research.

Animal Defenders International (ADI), the international campaigning group for animal welfare, the National Anti-Vivisection Society and the Lord Dowding Fund, are all among the founding signatories to today’s statement from the Congress that urges governments, politicians, regulators, industry, scientists, and research institutions everywhere to recognise the need to abandon primate research.

Addressing the conference today is David Dewhurst, a grantholder of ADI’s associate organisation, The Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research (LDF), which has funded over £2million for non-animal research projects.

Jan Creamer, chief executive of ADI and LDF, said: “As one of the original organisations involved in moving towards this agreement, we welcome today’s statement for an internationally co-ordinated effort to bring all non-human primate experiments to an end. Our ‘My Mate’s A Primate’ campaign this summer has focused 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 and yet, they suffer pain and anguish in much the same way as humans do.”

My Mate’s a Primate highlighted the fact that the UK, with 4,799 primate experiments in 2003 (the last recorded government figures) is Europe’s largest user of laboratory monkeys and that globally, an estimated 1.7 million primates are used in experiments each year.

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

The following statement was signed by the animal protection groups that attended the Fifth World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences in Berlin which began on Sunday, 21 August 2005 and is being attended by 700 scientists and animal protectionists.

“The animal protection organisations attending the Fifth World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences in Berlin 2005 have united to call for an end to the use of non-human primates in biomedical research and testing. We urge governments, regulators, industry, scientists and research funders worldwide to accept the need to end primate use as a legitimate and essential goal; to make achieving this goal a high priority; and work together to facilitate this. In particular, we believe there must be an immediate, internationally co-ordinated effort to bring all non-human primate experiments to an end.”

Tim Phillips, ADI campaigns director, is attending the Congress and can be contacted on :

+49 (0)7770 985 494

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