Primate Research Continues Despite Ban

6/11/10

A Marmoset monkey used in animal research climbs up the bars of its cage at a testing centre. Photograph: Graeme Robertson/Graeme Robertson

Thousands of monkeys have been imported into the UK for use in laboratory research despite a legal ban, animal rights campaigners have claimed. The trade in primates continues because the ban, introduced in 1997, does not include the offspring of wild-caught parents, said the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV). Between 2008 and 2009 almost 5,000 primates were brought into the UK to be used in experiments. The figures were disclosed by the Home Office minister Lynne Featherstone in response to a parliamentary question.

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The trade in primates continues because the ban, introduced in 1997, does not include the offspring of wild-caught parents, campaigners said. Since 2009, more than 2,000 monkeys were imported into Britain because of the loophole, said the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV). Between 2008 and 2009 almost 5,000 non-human primates were brought into the UK to be used in experiments.

The figures were disclosed by Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone in response to a parliamentary question.The BUAV said it had uncovered evidence of extreme suffering inflicted on captured wild monkeys. An investigation carried out this year in Mauritius found that monkeys sustained injuries and broken limbs during trapping and while being transferred to holding pens.

Sarah Kite, the BUAV's director of special projects, said: ''The British public is misled into thinking our Government has taken a principled position against the involvement of wild-caught primates in research when the reality is very different. ''By allowing the importation of monkeys born to wild-caught parents, the UK is fuelling a cruel and unnecessary trade which is morally unacceptable. ''We call on the UK Government to ban the import of these primates and stop perpetuating this appalling cruelty.''

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/8113861/Thousands-of-monkeys-imported-for-use-in-British-labs-despite-ban.html

 

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