Senators Need to Hear from YOU
On December 18, the Primate Protection and Research Modernization Act of 2018 (S. 3773) was introduced to Congress by New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. While many scientists assert that the use of primates in research is necessary, rarely are they called upon to provide a serious justification for primate use. Consequently, the suffering of monkeys in labs has simply become normal within the experimental science culture. They are regarded as tools.
This bill will challenge the status quo and so-called ‘necessity’ of primate research.
Monkeys experience physical and psychological pain and distress in labs every day. They are used routinely in toxicity testing, addiction studies, and drug and vaccine development. With powerful social and psychological needs, we cannot allow their suffering to be ‘explained away’ by researchers. There has to be a better way!
Senator Booker stated, “When scientifically reliable alternatives exist, animal testing should be avoided. This legislation seeks to eliminate unethical and unnecessary testing on primates and would make any new testing on primates a last resort….”
Ask your Senators to support this legislation to help relieve animal suffering and encourage better science.
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AAVS grant recipient Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary welcomed 26 squirrel monkeys who were used by the FDA in nicotine addiction studies. Their retirement followed public and Congressional pressure urging FDA to end these experiments. This video highlights the monkeys’ arrival to Jungle Friends; how they are doing now; and reveals how the sanctuary gradually introduces the animals to their new home. WATCH NOW »