Persistent PETA Presses to End Primate Experimentation

Posted on 06 April 2012 by Jerry

Watching the tactics of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is a study in human activism and tenacity.  We have reported here on their ongoing efforts to end the use of primates in medical experimentation: see August 2011 article Too Sentient for Their Own Good and December 2011 article NIH Moves Chimps from Chumps to Champs.  Both of these articles mention PETA’s efforts to marshal public pressure on the National Institute of Health to end its support of invasive experimentation on chimpanzees.  They argue that these experiments can all be done in some other way and represent unusual cruelty to animals with such advanced intelligence.  Now PETA has launched a campaign to pressure international airline transport carriers to refuse to transport non-human primates into the U.S. for all types of medical experimentation.

A recent article in Nature, identifies that “In 2011, some 97% of the 18,044 non-human primates imported into the United States for use in research came from a handful of countries” identified as China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Mauritius (by way of Paris).  Using multiple techniques that include use of emails, social media, telephone calls and sit-in type protests such as at the Animal Transportation Association meeting in Vancouver in March of this year, PETA is exerting a full court press on these carriers.

So far these efforts succeeded, leading China Southern Airlines to cancel shipments from Guangzhou, China and Air Canada to petition the Canadian Transport Agency for required permission to end primate transfers in the future.  Air France, the last major European carrier to transport research primates, is under considerable public pressure to end the practice.

Following animal rights activists as they continually change tactics to make further progress on these issues is instructive and inspirational to others who would seek to change how the world sees issues that are important to them.  For those who want to see films that were made undercover in medical research laboratories in the United States to experience firsthand how they conduct these experiments, go to www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/primates-in-laboratories.aspx .

Use the following links for more information about these topics:

http://www.nature.com/news/activists-ground-primate-flights-1.10255  (March 22, 2012 issue of Nature, volume 483)

www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/primates-in-laboratories.aspx

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