Spotlight on Primates

Why Do Monkeys Matter?

What you need to know about the use of primates in research.

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Special Report: Primates by the Numbers

There has been a growing trend in the research industry’s importation of nonhuman primates into the U.S. for use in testing and research. AAVS exposes the numbers, participants, and the animal suffering.

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Former Researcher Turned Primate Advocate

A former student of Harry Harlow, Dr. John Gluck shares his unique perspective on the use of primates in research and how he came to see the monkeys in his lab in a very different way.

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Maternal Deprivation: A Critique of Animal Models

A one-of-a-kind compilation and detailed analysis of studies using baby monkeys and puppies in infant isolation experiments conducted in the 1950s-1980s, including those done by Harry Harlow.

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Basic Info on Primates

Over 100,000 primates are being held in U.S. laboratories, with macaques being the most commonly used primates species in research and testing. Primates have rich emotional and social lives, and suffer greatly when confined and used in laboratory experiments.

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UW-Madison Resurrects Baby Isolation Study

In the 1950s and 1960s, University of Wisconsin researcher Harry Harlow conducted his infamous maternal deprivation experiments. Similar research involving 40 baby macaques is now being done at the university. A 2011 protocol outlining the experiment, states that “[a]t birth, infants will be removed from their mothers and placed immediately in an incubator with a surrogate stuffed animal, towels, and /or blankets. As shown by Harlow…, infants will form attachment bonds to these items, which provide contact comfort as early as one day of life.”

There is no ethical justification for this type of research. Help close this house of horrors!

Tell Air France to Stop Transporting Primates

The only passenger airline still transporting primates for laboratory facilities is Air France. It tries to justify its actions by claiming that primates are vital for research. However, Air France has no expertise in this area, particularly concerning the care, treatment, and special needs of monkeys. Earlier this year, United Airlines listened to consumer demands, and thanks in part of AAVS and our supporters, announced that it would no longer transport primates for research facilities. It’s time for Air France to do the same.

Urge Air France to say NO to transporting primates for research!