AR-News: RSPCA urges end to monkey experiments
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RSPCA urges end to monkey experiments
The RSPCA has stepped up pressure on the Government and pharmaceutical industry to find alternatives to using monkeys in medical research.
The move follows a report from an expert committee calling for a strategy to replace primates in experiments.
A key finding in the report to the Home Office from the Animal Procedures Committee was that primate alternatives be "accepted within the industry."
RSPCA primatologist Dr Mark Prescott, said: "The RSPCA's goal is an end to the use of primates in research and testing and to replace their use with humane alternatives.
"Since the majority of primate use continues to be in the development and safety testing of pharmaceuticals, it is clear that this is where the focus needs to be if major reductions in the use of these remarkable animals are to be achieved.
"It is vital that the UK Government, pharmaceutical industry and regulatory authorities progresses the APC's recommendations as a matter of urgency. The RSPCA believes an end to primate use in safety testing should not be beyond the bounds of scientific endeavour in the 21st Century."
Each year about 3,000 primates are used in UK laboratories, mainly to develop and test pharmaceuticals and other medical products. In 2001, this accounted for over 82% of the primates used.
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