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Victory! Europe’s Largest Primate Testing Lab Told to Phase Out Cruel Experiments


4 April 2016 News
Anne Clark | PETA | 31/03/2016

 

Some good news: yesterday, a motion to phase out experiments at Europe’s largest primate-testing laboratory, the Biomedical Primate Research Centre (BPRC) in Rijswijk, the Netherlands, was passed in the Dutch Parliament.

This means that the lab must reduce the number of tests it carries out on monkeys, while focusing on developing humane, non-animal testing methods. This success, which will spare many animal lives as well as encouraging scientific progress, comes after over 100,000 compassionate people all over Europe sent e-mails to Dutch politicians in support of the motion. Back in December, PETA NL took these signatures and delivered them to politicians in The Hague.

PETA NL staff meets with Dutch politicians in The Hague

Monkeys aren’t test tubes with tails but intelligent animals who experience the same range of emotions as we do, including love and joy but also fear, despair and torment. They do not deserve to be locked in tiny cages and injected with fatal diseases. The BPRC currently imprisons around 1,300 rhesus monkeys and marmosets, keeping them locked in cages and injecting them with debilitating diseases. This isn’t just unethical – it’s also poor science. Experimenting on primates is wasteful, inefficient and unreliable.

 

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