Animal protection organisations from around the world, including the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, (BUAV
), Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, (RSPCA
), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, (PeTA
), the Humane Society US, (HSUS
) and the German Animal Welfare society have signed a pledge calling for Governments and regulatory bodies to develop an international strategy to end experiments on primates.
It was signed by all animal protection groups who attended the Fifth World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences
, in Berlin yesterday. It adds weight to the BUAV's Next of Kin primates campaign launched at the start of August, that aims to achieve a ban on primate testing across the Europian Union, (EU
) and has the support of celebrities Heather Small, Alexei Sayle, sports presenter Helen Chamberlain, actress Jenny Seagrove and Norman Baker MP.
Around 10,000 primates are used every year for scientific experiments in the EU, and the UK is one of the largest users. At the last official count over 3,000 primates were used here (a rise of 20% on the previous year).
Adolfo Sansolini, CEO, BUAV said:
"This pledge illustrates that the primate testing is of worldwide concern. It adds weight to Our Next of Kin campaign that aims to highlight the ethical concerns over the use of primates, as well as the dubious science involved. "Primates share with us the ability to, not only remember past events, but to anticipate the future. This means they can be harmed, not only by pain, but also by the anticipation of pain. One can only imagine therefore, the suffering these intelligent creatures endure when their only experience of life is of confinement in a barren cage, followed by an experimental procedure, followed by being left – sometimes completely alone - to ponder on their next ordeal."
Submitted by: Steve O'Malley