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Animal Aid response to proposed inquiry into primate research
Posted 23 March 2005
A prominent group of pro-animal experimentation research and scientific bodies* has announced a major study that will examine medical research using primates.
We fear, based on their track records showing a deep commitment to the use of all animals, that what will ensue is not a true and open assessment of whether or not primate research benefits human medicine, but merely a propaganda exercise designed to assuage public concern about whether the use of primates is justified morally and scientifically.
At a public inquiry in 2002 into Cambridge University's plans to build a new primate research centre, presided over by an independent Government inspector, evidence was submitted both for and against the use of primates in research. Animal Aid played a key role in coordinating scientific evidence against such research. The inspector concluded that the University had not substantiated its claims that the experiments would benefit human health nor that they were of 'national importance', and recommended that planning permission be turned down.
* comprising the Academy of Medical Sciences, Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust & Royal Society