Ban Primate Experiments
Hundreds of primates are being used in Australia every year in biomedical experiments and many more are housed in breeding facilities awaiting a similar fate. They are subjected to a wide range of procedures which are often invasive. These primates – macaques, marmosets and baboons – are sourced from three government-funded, research-specific breeding colonies located within Australia – and few Australians are even aware!
Aside from the clear ethical dilemma of using animals with high cognitive
abilities and well-developed social structures as mere 'tools for research', the use of primates has been found to be poorly predictive of human outcomes and has proven to be ineffective at providing substantial contributions to biomedical research – this is despite their genetic similarity to us.
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We know that if more people were aware of what happens to primates in Australia there would be much outrage over how we treat our closest relatives.
Who's behind this campaignHumane Research Australia is a not for profit organisation that challenges animal experiments and promotes more humane and scientifically valid non-animal methods of research.
We are specifically calling for:
- a ban on primate experiments and their replacement with more humane and scientifically-valid (non-animal) methods of research,
- an end to the importation of primates for research, and
- the establishment of a primate retirement sanctuary in Australia for ex-laboratory animals.