Hor­ror over UK mon­key test­ing

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Pet Talk - BY KAREN ROCK­ETT

Scream­ing and ter­ri­fied, a baby mon­key intended for use in Bri­tish lab­o­ra­to­ries shakes with fear af­ter be­ing cru­elly snatched from its par­ents at a breed­ing farm.

Its mum and dad were themselves taken from the wild to be caged and breed ba­bies in fright­en­ing con­di­tions.

There’s a wor­ry­ing rise in the UK use of long-tailed macaques, like this one in Mau­ri­tius, for test­ing and re­search, de­spite an EU law against it.

And to­day, on In­ter­na­tional Pri­mate Day, An­i­mal De­fend­ers In­ter­na­tional calls on our Gov­ern­ment to ex­plain it.

ADI chief Jan Creamer said: “The pub­lic will be hor­ri­fied to learn that not only is Bri­tain still a ma­jor pri­mate user, but it al­lows re­searchers to use mon­keys whose par­ents have been taken from the wild and used as breed­ing ma­chines too.

“The UK ef­fec­tively en­cour­ages deal­ers in Viet­nam and Mau­ri­tius to stock their fac­tory farms by trap­ping wild mon­keys.”

Lat­est fig­ures show a 12 per cent rise in use at Bri­tish labs. A to­tal of 246 off­spring of wild-caught mon­keys, known as “F1” pri­mates were used in UK labs last year, ac­count­ing for some 10 per cent of

pri­mate use. Un­der EU law, use of F1s will be phased out by 2023. It seemed the UK Gov­ern­ment was mov­ing to­wards this dead­line, with no F1s used in Bri­tish labs from 2014 to 2016, and just one in 2017.

But there are con­cerns this could spi­ral out of con­trol if there is dereg­u­la­tion and an aban­don­ing of EU rules af­ter Brexit.

A to­tal of 2,606 long-tailed macaques were im­ported into Bri­tain last year, 2,064 from Mau­ri­tius and 542 from Viet­nam.

In Mau­ri­tius ADI filmed pregnant mon­keys be­ing man­han­dled and pinned down, and mon­keys swung by their tails at key breed­ing fa­cil­ity, Bio­dia. In Viet­nam they saw mon­keys kept in small rust­ing cages which were in a state of col­lapse.

Most pri­mates (2,148) were last year used for regulatory safety tests on sub­stances and would endure force­feed­ing or in­jec­tions of ex­per­i­men­tal com­pounds and full body re­straints. Side ef­fects can be hor­rific.

To help, ask your MP to back Early Day Mo­tion 2228: Developing In­no­va­tive Science – Bet­ter for Animals and Peo­ple.

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TAKEN Young long-tailed ma­caque is snatched from par­ents in Mau­ri­tius

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