RSPCA reaction to the Review of Using Non-Human Primates

A review of the use of monkeys in UK medical research was published Wednesday – 27th July. The RSPCA has made the following initial statement:


RSPCA senior scientist Maggy Jennings said: Its deeply worrying that its taken so many years for this report to emerge and now its here it makes recommendations for good practice that people will have assumed would already be happening.

We agree with Bateson that for too long people have been happy to overstate the importance of experiments using non-human primates in the absence of the evidence to back up their emphatic claims.

The RSPCA has always had grave concerns about the use of non-human primates for ethical and welfare reasons. This is the latest report in recent days* which emphasises the importance of a robust system of regulation for animal experiments. This makes it all the more concerning that the UK government is considering weakening the laws currently in place in the UK.

1. This is the RSPCAs initial response to the Review of Using Non-Human Primates, led by Sir Patrick Bateson, published Wednesday 27 July 2011.
2. * The Academy of Medical Sciences released a report examining the use of animals containing human material in biomedical research on Friday 22 July 2011.
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