on Primate Experimentation
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During the last 35 years, exploitative
primate research has consumed billions in American tax dollars while
it has contributed very little to human welfare.
It has diverted funding from non-animal research technology that
could have been more productive and from social programs - such
as drug rehabilitation, prenatal care, and nutrition education -
that could have benefited, directly and indirectly, the majority
of the population.
While over three decades of primate-based research has not produced
the promised cures for human diseases, it has taught us about the
sensitivity of the nonhuman primate subjects. We now know that nonhuman
primates have emotional responses remarkably similar to human emotional
Apes who have learned American Sign Language (ASL) have used this
human language to clearly communicate frustration, grief, and other
emotions. There are convincing indications that nonhuman primates
in experiments suffer as intensely, both physically and emotionally,
as humans would suffer in the same experiments. Recognizing this,
we are ethically compelled to stop using them in experiments.
We are calling for the creation of a Presidential advisory committee
composed of primate experts and informed lay people - a panel agreed
upon by both pro-animal and pro-research advocates - to critically
examine the evidence and make a recommendation to the President
and the nation regarding the ethical implications of continuing
exploitative primate research.
Until the committee's report is finalized, federal funding for
primate research should cease.
View the list of
organizations asking for an Immediate Moratorium.
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