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Turin: Exposé of the laboratory primate trade and campaign launch

Posted: 10 September 2009. Updated: 10 September 2009

Animal Defenders International (ADI) and AgireOra host screening of shocking DVD

A major new campaign to end the use of monkeys in European laboratories is being launched in Italy on 11 September.

Where: Unione Culturale Franco Antonicelli, Via C.Battisti 4b, Turin.
When: 11 a.m. Friday 11 September 2009.

This event is open to the press and the public and will include a screening of the documentary ‘Save the Primates’ and will unveil what the campaigners hope will be the biggest awareness drive on the use of primates in experimentation that Italy has ever seen.

Representatives from ADI and AgireOra will be hosting the campaign launch and Massimo Tettamanti, an expert in alternative methods to animal testing, and Elena Baistrocchi, a primatologist at Firenze University, will also be speaking at the event.

The screening of the hard hitting ‘Save the Primates’ documentary will show:
- Wild monkeys being trapped for experiments
- Inside a laboratory monkey supplier’s premises
- Experiments being performed on conscious monkeys
- Examples of modern alternatives to animal experiments

New campaign materials being launched by ADI and AgireOra include:
Postcards which will be distributed throughout Italy
A new petition which will be distributed and is available online
Copies of the Save the Primates DVD
Information sheets and reports for an awareness drive

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. Campaigners will be calling on the Italian Government to strengthen these measures at the Council of Ministers.

For more information or copies of literature, DVDs; copies of the video on mini DV or DVD and digital high resolution photographs, please contact:

Marina Berati, coordinator of AgireOra Network on +39 3336 705842 - or Amanda Gent, ADI press office on +44(0)20 7630 3344 -

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