|The Silent Protest (see report
& photos). Credit: Khalid Hussenbux. Top: J Creamer / NAVS
|Findings from animals may, or may not, apply to humans,
and the only way of finding out is to study the human situation
Your help is needed!
At the end of last year, a public inquiry
heard evidence for and against Cambridge University's plans to build a
massive new monkey research centre. The inspector's
final report was a triumph for all those opposed to these pitiless
and unscientific experiments. He declared that the University had failed
to show that the proposed brain research was in the national interest.
"It would be a stronger argument," he wrote, "to say that
it is nationally important [for Cambridge University] to catch up on alternative
forms of research to that employing animals".
On November 21st 2003, the Deputy PM announced that the University had
permission to proceed. Given the overwhelming way in which the planned
centre was rejected, John Prescott has acted with outrageous high-handedness
by swatting aside the report from his own inspector. Animal Aid
and NAVS have launched a High Court challenge
to the decision and the BUAV has launched Judicial
Meanwhile, a parliamentary motion, initiated by Animal Aid and calling
for a total ban on laboratory experiments involving monkeys, attracted
support from 20% of all MPs.
Scientific opposition to experiments on primates is considerable and
growing, as evidenced by a letter published by
the Daily Telegraph.
A large majority of respondents to a public opinion poll commissioned
by Animal Aid say that laboratory experiments on primates are morally
unacceptable. In a companion survey, roughly half those who gave an opinion
also said that information obtained from such experiments can have no
direct relevance to humans. (For more on this, and
Animal Aid's new report - Monkeying Around With Human Health - see the
Animal Aid website.)
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