Cambridge primate labs
Animal Aid welcomes the news that Cambridge University has decided to drop their plans for a controversial primate research lab.
However, this is not the end of the story and the campaign continues. As things stand, the permission granted by Prescott is active for five years. That means, within that time-frame, Cambridge can come forward and announce it has the money to build the labs after all.
Animal Aid's special report into primate experiments shows how the proposed lab would be a betrayal of human patients as well as of the animal victims.
The BBC governors have ordered Radio 4's Today programme to apologise for the way it edited a recorded interview with Animal Aid Director Andrew Tyler.
Planning Inspector Stuart Nixon:
"In fact, if one accepts the premise that wherever possible research should not involve animals, it would be a stronger argument to say that it is nationally important to keep together and service the excellent and acknowledged research expertise in Cambridge to catch up on alternative forms of research to that employing animals."
Dr Ray Greek MD:
"Everything we know about Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other specifically human neurological disorders has been learned from studying humans and their tissues... Mutilating monkeys helps no-one and actually harms patients by misleading researchers and diverting them from more productive avenues of research, such as brain-scanning and clinical research."