Speak Up for Primates Used in Experiments
Update: Public comments are now closed.
ALDF is hard at work to help primates suffering in labs, challenging the secretive construction of monkey breeding facilities in Florida, and litigating a case relating to cruel experiments being conducted on baby monkeys by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Now you have the chance to speak up for monkeys too! Although the USDA is charged with ensuring the psychological wellbeing of primates under the Animal Welfare Act, the agency has fallen down on the job by failing to provide minimum standards to safeguard the wellbeing of these complex, sensitive beings. That’s why last year ALDF joined with the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA), and the Laboratory Primate Advocacy Group (LPAG) to petition the USDA to promulgate specific regulations that will better ensure the humane care and treatment of primates used for experiments. The USDA is now taking public comments, and we need your help to make sure that the agency does the right thing for primates who are suffering in labs!
ALDF will continue its legal battles on behalf of all animals subjected to the ethically, educationally, and economically unsound practice of animal testing. However, in the meantime, please join us in demanding that the USDA adopt rules to ensure that primates used in experiments are guaranteed minimum standards of care that allow these cognitively complex individuals to fulfill their basic needs and instincts, and submit your comments today. And please forward this request to your family, friends, and colleagues who care about animals!
The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) exists to “insure… humane care and treatment” of animals used by dealers, exhibitors and research facilities. 7 U.S.C. § 2131. Unfortunately, the AWA regulations pertaining to the psychological wellbeing of primates in research facilities are so vague that they are rendered virtually meaningless and unenforceable. Indeed, despite these regulations, undercover investigations demonstrate that primates are frequently still housed alone with virtually no enrichment or regard for their psychological or physical wellbeing, which contributes to the stress of these complex and highly social animals.
The intended purpose of the AWA cannot be fulfilled unless specific threshold standards are established to promote the psychological wellbeing of primates used in research. These standards must include minimum regulations for ethologically appropriate environments. For these reasons, I urge you to promulgate rules that specifically and adequately address the concerns raised in the petition for rulemaking submitted by ALDF, NEAVS, NAPSA, and LPAG.