Category: Vivisection

EU: EPAA Conference 2022 “Accelerating the Transition to Animal-Free, Sustainable Innovation”.

From Eurogroup foor Animals.

EPAA Conference 2022 “Accelerating the Transition to Animal-Free, Sustainable Innovation”

23 November 2022

This year’s European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) Annual Conference gathered members from the European Commission, the European Parliament, regulatory authorities, industry, academia, and NGOs to discuss the challenges that still need to be addressed to make animal-free sustainable innovation a reality within the EU.

MEP Tilly Metz opened the conference by stressing that what is needed is not less testing, but different and more effective testing using new approach methodologies (NAMs), as well as a better coordinated cross-sectoral EU approach.

The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation made it clear that the Commission is committed to work towards the phasing out of animals in science, and announced an European roadmap aiming to fully replace animals in chemical safety assessments. The Joint Research Centre also expressed the need to develop a NAM-based classification system to better demonstrate the safe use of chemicals and ensure a higher level of protection. 

EPAA’s achievements in 2022, including the development and promotion of non-animal strategies to replace animal-based tests, as well as their aspiring plans for 2023 to increase the use of NAMs for regulatory safety testing, demonstrate EPAA’s strong engagement to accelerate the replacement of animal testing by innovative non-animal approaches.

The industry, represented by Cefic and Unilever, shared its intentions to continue its efforts to implement the use of NAMs, and ensure the protection of people using the best (non-animal) science available. As Carl Westmoreland summed up, “there isn’t a lack of tools, just a lack of experience with using them to make decisions”. The European Medical Agency also indicated that it is open to discuss NAMs and 3R testing approaches for human and veterinary medicinal product applications, and presented the ambitious and promising work plan of its new working party focused on fostering the 3Rs.  

Finally, Emily McIvor summarised the successes achieved over the past years in accelerating the transition to non-animal science, including the European Parliament’s Resolution to ‘Accelerate a Transition to Innovation without the use of Animals in Research, Regulatory Testing and Education’, the launch of the €400 million PARC project to establish a centre of excellence for the transition to Next Generation Risk Assessment, and the successful European Citizens Initiative (ECI) Save Cruelty Free Cosmetics – Commit to a Europe without Animal Testing which collected over 1,4 million signatures. 

In this regard, Eurogroup for Animals recently published a position paper which reflects some of the key elements needed in a EU wide strategy for the transition to non-animal science. 

Key elements of a strategy to transition to non-animal science

Key elements of a strategy to transition to non-animal science | Eurogroup for Animals

Regards Mark

Germany: Primates Exposed to Severe Suffering In Brain Research Experiments in Germany.

Primates exposed to severe suffering in brain research experiments in Germany

15 November 2022

DAAE

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Doctors Against Animal Experiments have revealed the severe suffering of non-human primates used for brain research experimentation in Germany, and reveal that eight institutions are currently carrying out similar tests that should be banned under EU law.

In 2009, six dead primates used for scientific experimentation at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen were sent to a governmental pathological institution to investigate their cause of death. The examination revealed severe injuries on the skull, cerebral membranes and the brain which must have caused excruciating pain for months. 

New photo and video evidence obtained by Doctors Against Animal Experiments has exposed the extreme cruelty of the experiments to the public. The footage garnered significant interest and was broadcast on a major German television programme.

Monkeys in brain research are subjected to unimaginable suffering. This is revealed by a dissection report documenting head injuries such as drill holes in the skull bone and stab wounds in the brain of such animals. Official veterinary pathologists found that the monkeys used by the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (MPI Tübingen) in Tübingen were suffering not only severely, but extremely severely, which was fully known to the competent authorities.

Doctors Against Animal Experiments

This shocking case is not an isolated incident. The MPI Tübingen stopped its primate experiments in 2017 due to public pressure after years of campaigning and an undercover investigation in 2014. However, similar tests are still being carried out in Bremen, Göttingen, Magdeburg, Marburg, Frankfurt, and at three other institutes in Tübingen.

Directive 2010/63/EU sets an upper limit for pain and suffering above which animal testing should no longer be carried out. Recital 23 states that “from an ethical standpoint, there should be an upper limit of pain, suffering and distress above which animals should not be subjected in scientific procedures”, and article 15 states that “Member States shall ensure that a procedure is not performed if it involves severe pain, suffering or distress that is likely to be long-lasting and cannot be ameliorated.”

However, if for exceptional and scientifically justifiable reasons, a Member State deems it necessary to carry out a procedure involving severe pain, suffering or distress that is likely to be long-lasting and cannot be ameliorated, Member States may adopt a provisional measure to allow such a procedure. In that case, the Member State shall immediately inform the Commission and the other Member States, and provide reasons and evidence for its decision to allow a provisional measure. Then, the Commission may either authorise the provisional measure or require the Member State to revoke the provisional measure.

When applying for project authorisation, researchers classify the severity of this type of procedure usually as “moderate” (i.e. short-term moderate pain, suffering or distress, or long-lasting mild pain, suffering or distress). The unveiling of Doctors Against Animal Experiments have shown that primate brain research procedures often involve pain, suffering or distress that is “likely to be long-lasting and cannot be ameliorated”. Therefore, such procedures should only be authorised if they have been the subject of a request for a provisional measure, in accordance with the Directive. 

Call for action in Germany

Doctors Against Animal Experiments are calling for decision-makers to no longer approve such procedures in Germany, and to stop the use of non-human primates in brain research immediately.

Sign their petition to support this demand.

Regards Mark

It was like over 35 years ago that Joanne and I, plus a few other members of our (then) group, went up to the Mauritanian embassy in London to protest against the primate trade. Read more and see photos of that day in the first link below.

I am unsure if the primates associated with the German issue detailed above were originallly supplied from Mauritius; all I can do is try to publicise what is still happening in Europe right now.

Mark

Photos – WAV Archive.

EU: EUSAAT congress: Shaping the future for humane science.

10 October 2022

Animalfree Research

This year’s EUSAAT congress gathered a large multi-sectoral community that is critically thinking about how the EU and the world will succeed in accelerating the transition to non-animal science.

EUSAAT is the European Society for Alternatives to Animal Testing. This society’s congress brought together representatives from the European Commission, animal protection organisations, research institutions and industry. Together, we discussed how the rising ethical and scientific concerns with animal experiments, scientific developments and legislative frameworks can play a role in facilitating a shift towards humane research, testing and education.

Several members and other participants brought to this forum worrying issues deserving immediate action. Animalfree Research is shedding light on the continued harmful use of animals in high school biology classes, while non-harmful teaching media has been around for many decades. Building on this issue, InterNICHE takes a critical look at the ‘media’ that are used for education and training in secondary, higher and professional levels, and how teaching objectives can be better met with fully humane and innovative tools and approaches. PETA draws our attention to the difficulties in getting rid of studies on animals that have been proven to be ineffective, denouncing the continuous approval of projects that use the forced swim test.

Others presented positive developments in areas where non-animal approaches can become the new normal. Doctors Against Animal Experiments explored the use of non-animal technologies in COVID-19 research and in the production of antibodies. Deutscher Tierschutzbund was part of a session and panel discussion on alternatives to the use of animal-derived materials in ‘non-animal’ models. At Charité, in Berlin, PhD students are working with patients and patients’ tissues, but they are still striving for an adequate infrastructure to carry out their work effectively. Although these practices should become the gold standard when studying human biology and pathology, the current structures continue to favour animal experiments, leaving human-based research and researchers in great disadvantage.

Eurogroup for Animals was also present at this congress to strengthen the dialogue and the community that will shape the transition to non-animal science. We presented key elements for any strategy aiming at accelerating this transition, and the role of legislation and policies to normalise non-animal science.

The Chair of the Environmental Governance and Politics group at Radboud University led us through how a transformative governance approach can help accelerate the transition to animal-free innovation. In a keynote lecture, the new professor of Evidence-Based Transition to Animal-free Innovations at Utrecht University explained how science-based evidence should guide the transition to animal-free innovations.

Besides academia and NGOs, members from the European Commission, EFSA, 3Rs centres, and many other institutions have contributed with their views on how this transition will be shaped.

Regards Mark

Sweden: Fantastic ! – Djurens Rätt Celebrates 140 Years. Big Congratulations To Them.

7 October 2022

Djurens Rätt

Since October 7, 1882, Djurens Rätt has worked persistently for the animals that suffer the most. During these 140 years of hard fighting, they and their now 50,000 members have done a lot for the animals. Here are some of the successes they have achieved together over the years.

In 1882, Djurens Rätt was formed at Stockholm Palace under the name Nordic Society to combat cruelty against animals used in science. 

In 1944, Sweden got its first animal welfare law, granting animals rights for the first time.

In 1979, a new law regarding animal experiments was introduced. Privately owned or homeless pets were no longer permitted be sold for animal testing.

In 1988, animals were given the right to their natural behaviours. The Animal Welfare Act was updated and cows were given the right to go out to graze during the summer.

In 1993, the import of wild-caught monkeys for animal experiments in Sweden was banned. As of 1998, all animal experiments must be approved by an animal experiment ethics committee. 

In 2001, fox farming was phased out in Sweden. The next step is to put an end to mink farming through the Fur Free Europe initiative . 

In 2013, the EU banned animal-tested cosmetics after 30 years of work by Djurens Rätt and other organisations. 

In 2016, elephants are no longer permitted in Swedish circuses. Djurens Rätt submitted 155,000 signatures to the government for a ban.

In 2021, all food chains will be cage egg-free. The End the Cage Age campaign reached its goal and the EU decides to phase out all cages in the EU.

In 2022, crimes against animals will be taken more seriously. The crime of aggravated animal cruelty is introduced into the criminal code and camera surveillance at slaughterhouses is investigated.

Read more at source

Djurens Rätt

Big congratulations to our animal campaigner friends !

Regards Mark

USA: UC Davis Thinks The Public Are ‘Too Stupid’ To Know What They Are Looking At Regarding Primate Abuse and Killing !

WAV Comment – If there was no abuse and everything is fine as they are portraying; then why not publish the photographs ?

Oh, but then ‘UC Davis thinks the public is too stupid to know what they’re looking at’

And the photos – we dont credit animal abusers.

A cache of grisly photographs of monkeys reportedly injured or killed in experiments with Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain implant technology may not be publicly released – amid a legal battle that aims to push a California university to do so

Group says 371 grisly pics of monkeys from Neuralink WON’T be released

Acache of grisly photographs of monkeys reportedly injured or killed in experiments with Elon Musk‘s Neuralink brain implant technology may not be publicly released – amid a legal battle to push a California university to do so – as the brain implant company denies animal abuse allegations. 

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) advocacy group says that it learned the University of California, Davis has 371 photos of the monkeys that were experimented upon inside the school’s veterinary laboratory facilities. 

The prestigious California university is in possession of hundreds of images depicting, among other things, ‘necropsies of animals killed’ in the experiments, according to PCRM, which has also filed a complaint against Neuralink.

Musk’s plan is to link the human brain with a micron-sized device that works with ‘neural-lace’ technology to implant tiny electrodes that could one day read a person’s mind. The technology will initially be used to help people suffering from degenerative brain disorders such as ALS, but it could have wider uses as well. 

‘UC Davis thinks the public is too stupid to know what they’re looking at,’ Physicians Committee research director Ryan Merkley says. 

‘But it’s clear the university is simply trying to hide from taxpayers the fact that it partnered with Elon Musk to conduct experiments in which animals suffered and died,’ he says in a press release

That blog post says all the work that took place at UC Davis was approved by the school’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, a federal mandate, and that Neuralink in 2020 built a 6,000-square-foot vivarium for farm animals and rhesus macaques that is ‘staffed with caretakers who are passionate about animal well-being, which is a central tenet of Neuralink’s philosophy.’

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) advocacy group says that it learned the University of California, Davis has 371 photos of the monkeys that were experimented upon inside the school’s veterinary laboratory facilities

‘Notably, Neuralink has never received a citation from the USDA inspections of our facilities and animal care program,’ the company says.

‘We recently applied for and received accreditation by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International, a voluntary international agency accrediting excellence in animal care.’

The blog post goes on detail a number of ways the company says it is exceeding industry standards for animal care, including in the areas of housing, diet, care, data collection and activity. 

Neuralink has called PCRM a group that opposes any use of animals in scientific research. On its website, PCRM talks about a ‘transition from animal use to human-relevant’ research methods, replacing animals witih ‘simulators,’ as well as ‘championing methods to replace animal testing.’

Earlier this year, Neuralink admitted that several rhesus macaques monkeys it used to test its brain technology had been euthanized after malfunctions or infections. That came in the wake of PCRM’s complaint against Neuralink that was filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and alleged several counts of animal abuse between 2017 and 2020. 

UC Davis has already released more than 600 pages of records that showed monkeys suffering from chronic infections, paralysis and seizures, according to the animal rights organization. 

But the animal rights group says the school still has two large caches of photographs, totaling 317, showing monkeys involved in the experiments – including some that were allegedly killed. 

A spokesperson for UC Davis told DailyMail.com that they fully complied with the California Public Records Act in responding to the request from PCRM and referred us to its previous statement.  

UC Davis ended its relationship with Neuralink in 2020 and says it reviewed and approved all research protocols during the experiments. According to PCRM, Musk’s brain tech firm paid UC Davis $1.4 million to use its facilities between 2017 and 2020.

Musk has said there will be Neuralink update ‘show and tell’ event on Oct. 31. 

Group says 371 grisly pics of monkeys from Neuralink WON’T be released (msn.com)

Regards Mark

More on this:

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/animal-rights-group-seeks-release-165908179.html

USA: Animal rights group seeks release of 185 pictures related to the autopsies of animals that died during experiments for Elon Musk’s Neuralink.

Photo – WAV archive – not directly associated with this article.

Animal rights group seeks release of 185 pictures related to the autopsies of animals that died during experiments for Elon Musk’s Neuralink

An animal-rights group says UC Davis has 371 photos showing Neuralink’s experiments on monkeys.

The organization sued the university and filed a complaint with the USDA in February.

An animal-rights group that is suing the University of California, Davis over experiments conducted for Neuralink says the university has 371 photos related to experiments on monkeys that were performed for Elon Musk’s biotech company.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine said UC Davis has 185 pictures related to the autopsies of animals that died during Neuralink experiments and another 186 photos of the experiments that were performed on the monkeys, which included cutting holes into the monkeys’ skulls to implant electrodes into their brains.

The group said they learned of the photos through a legal document from UC Davis dated September 7, 2022. Between 2017 and 2020, Neuralink paid the university $1.4 million to use UC Davis’ facilities and animals for testing, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine said.

“UC Davis thinks the public is too stupid to know what they’re looking at,” Ryan Merkley, director of research advocacy with the Physicians Committee, said in a press release. “But it’s clear the university is simply trying to hide from taxpayers the fact that it partnered with Elon Musk to conduct experiments in which animals suffered and died.”

A spokesperson from Neuralink did not respond to a request for comment and a UC Davis spokesperson referred Insider to a previous statement. In February, the institution said “research protocols were thoroughly reviewed and approved by the campus’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee” during the institutions work with Neuralink.

“Animal research is strictly regulated and UC Davis follows all applicable laws and regulations including those of the US Department of Agriculture,” the statement said.

UC Davis issued the statement after the animal-rights group sued the university for not releasing photos and videos of the experiments it has performed for Neuralink from 2017 to 2020. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine also filed a complaint with the US Department of Agriculture, alleging the institution had violated the federal Animal Welfare Act.

Insider’s Isobel Asher Hamilton previously reported that the group said it had obtained records showing the monkeys experienced “extreme suffering as a result of inadequate animal care and the highly invasive experimental head implants during the experiments.”

At the time, Neuralink responded to the accusations, denying several of the injuries that the animal rights group reported and saying the company is “absolutely committed to working with animals in the most humane and ethical way possible.” The company said it has since transitioned to using its own in-house facilities.

Ultimately, Neuralink is working to develop a computer brain interface system that would be able to read and write brain activity. In the past, Musk has claimed the AI brain chips would one day be able to do anything from cure paralysis to give people telepathic powers, referring to the device as “a Fitbit in your skull.”

Last year, the billionaire said the company plans to transition from implanting the chips in monkeys to humans by the end of the year, but the device has yet to receive approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to begin human trials.

Regards Mark

China: Hainan Airlines: Stop Sending Monkeys to Laboratories ! – Take Action Here.

Hi Mark,

We have discovered that Chinese air carrier Hainan Airlines – which a decade ago promised to stop transporting monkeys destined for US laboratories – shipped 720 monkeys earlier this month from Cambodia to the US for use in cruel experiments.

Every year, tens of thousands of monkeys are sent to the US to be imprisoned in laboratories and tormented in experiments that consistently fail to lead to meaningful scientific advances.

These highly social and sensitive individuals are either captured from their homes in nature or bred in captivity on squalid factory farms, where many die from injury and disease even before they’re crammed into small wooden crates and confined to the dark, terrifying cargo holds of planes for more than 15 hours.

Mark, please tell Hainan Airlines to reconsider shipping monkeys and keep its earlier promise to ban transporting monkeys for experimentation:

On behalf of monkeys, thank you.

Sincerely,
PETA Australia

TAKE ACTION

Hainan Airlines: Stop Sending Monkeys to Laboratories!

Hainan Airlines: Stop Sending Monkeys to Laboratories! | PETA Australia

Regards Mark

Our recent post on this:

China: Hainan Airlines alleged illegal monkey shipment prompts complaint from animal rights activists. – World Animals Voice

URGENT: Tell Taiwan to Stop Allowing Cruel Dental Tests on Animals – Take Action Now – Links Given.

URGENT: Tell Taiwan to Stop Allowing Cruel Dental Tests on Animals

In an encouraging move, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has proposed a progressive new draft revision of a regulation that would save animals’ lives. We need your help to encourage the TFDA to formalize these changes and make them permanent in the final regulation.

If adopted, the proposed rule change would no longer permit cruel and deadly tests on animals as an option for companies in Taiwan seeking to make human dental health claims for marketing their food and beverage products.

Act today, though—time is running out. The 60-day window for commenting on this proposed rule change ends on October 17. Please don’t wait to encourage TDFA officials to adopt the new regulation.

What Is the Change?
Specifically, the proposed change affects the TFDA’s “Efficacy Assessment Method of Health Food for Dental Care” by removing experiments on animals as an option for companies to pursue when applying to use this human dental health claim for marketing their food and beverage products to consumers.

Previously, the agency’s regulation instructed experimenters to feed rats sugar water and bacteria that cause dental decay, swab their mouths, feed them the test food products, kill them, and dissect their mouths. There’s no need to kill the animals just to examine their mouths and teeth—the killing is strictly for experimenters’ convenience.

The new rule, if adopted in the final regulation as is, would eliminate this option for grotesque testing on animals. Only safe and effective human tests would be required and allowed for companies that want to use dental health claims for marketing food and beverage products in Taiwan.

Change Is Good


The TFDA’s latest proposed revision follows other recent historic announcements. Following years of sustained PETA pressure, the agency announced a series of historic steps forward:

In addition to pushing for the TFDA to amend a draft regulation to prohibit health food companies from mutilating rats in attempts to make joint-protection health claims, PETA is leading a global trend against animal testing—we’ve persuaded dozens of food and beverage companies, including major ones in Taiwan, to end (or commit to never starting) experiments on animals, and we’re urging more such companies there to follow suit.

Not only is animal experimentation cruel, it’s also a colossal failure. Specifically, 90% of basic research, the majority of which involves animal tests, fails to lead to treatments for humans—and more than 95% of new drugs that test safe and effective in animals fail in human clinical trials.

What You Can Do
Please send a polite letter today thanking the TFDA for proposing a draft revision of a regulation that would no longer permit animal testing for companies seeking to make dental health claims for marketing foods. Then urge the agency to make the regulation’s changes permanent.

TAKE ACTION

URGENT: Tell Taiwan to Stop Allowing Cruel Dental Tests on Animals | PETA

Regards Mark

More than a Million (1,413,383) European Citizens Demand an End to Animal Testing.

More than a million European citizens demand an end to animal testing

31 August 2022

Press Release

The ECI Cruelty Free Cosmetics closed last night with a blast: 1.413.383 signatures collected in one year. Twice in less than a decade, over one million people across Europe have clearly said that animal testing must end.

Over ten million animals – cats, dogs, rabbits, mice and others – are harmed every year in research and testing in laboratories around Europe.

Now European citizens are demanding an end to the harmful use of animals in cosmetics and other chemical tests, as well as an ambitious plan to bring all experiments on animals to an end. 

The European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI) Save Cruelty Free Cosmetics closed on Wednesday 31st August with 1.413.383 signatures collected in one year. It’s an unprecedented milestone since this is the second ECI on this issue that has surpassed the one million signature mark, the first was Stop Vivisection in 2015. 

This overwhelming support of EU citizens to end animal testing echoes the position taken last year by the European Parliament, which lead to a resolution calling on the European Commission to coordinate, together with Member States, a concrete plan to accelerate the transtion to non-animal testing.

Considering the health, environmental and political challenges that Europe and the world are currently facing, the huge public support sends a very clear signal to Europe’s lawmakers about the continued strong demands on this issue. We hope that this time the European Commission, and national governments, respect the positions of the public and the European Parliament and act now to put forward an ambitious and urgent plan to transition to an animal-free science, delivering better protection of humans, other animals, and the environment alike.

Reineke Hameleers, CEO, Eurogroup for Animals

The Save Cruelty Free Cosmetics ECI was launched in August 2021 by animal protection organisations Cruelty Free Europe, PETA, Eurogroup for Animals, the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments, and HSI/Europe with the support of global beauty and personal care companies The Body Shop and Dove, and was actively promoted by a coalition of groups and campaigners from every corner of Europe. 

This mass mobilisation of citizens proves once again that there’s no room for animal experiments in the EU. The ECI results and the EP Resolution set the way forward for Europe as the time is right for an ambitious phase-out plan, with clear milestones and achievable objectives.

Tilly Metz MEP (Greens/EFA, LU), Chairwoman of the Animals in Science Working Group of the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals

Our movement has once again raised the voices of citizens and of animals in laboratories, we are incredibly proud of this collaborative landmark and we look forward to a successful validation of the signatures.

Reineke Hameleers, CEO, Eurogroup for Animals

Notes

1. The End Animal Testing European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) has brought together a network of NGOs across Europe. This is the first time in history that this number of European organisations has come together for animals in laboratories. 

2. For more information on European Citizens’ Initiatives see the ECI Factsheet on the European Parliament website. 

Regards Mark

China: Hainan Airlines alleged illegal monkey shipment prompts complaint from animal rights activists.

Major airlines apparent illegal monkey shipment prompts complaint from animal rights activists Image: WICHAI WONGJONGJAIHAN/Shutterstock.com

AN alleged illegal transportation of monkeys by China’s Hainan Airlines has prompted a complaint from animal rights activists, PETA.

The American non-profit animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a complaint with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement after Hainan Airlines reportedly shipped 720 endangered long-tailed macaques in the month of August from Cambodia to Chicago.

The USDA confirmed that it had cancelled Hainan Airline’s registration in May, making this shipment an apparent violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), the organisation said on Thursday, August 25.

“Based on a whistleblower report, the monkeys were sent to a facility operated by Envigo Global Services Inc. in Alice,” PETA said in a statement.

It added: “Envigo has repeatedly shown that it values profits over animal welfare.

“Following PETA’s undercover investigation into Envigo’s beagle-breeding facility in Virginia last year, the USDA cited the company for 48 violations of the AWA and a US Department of Justice civil case led Envigo to announce that it will shut down the facility.

“In 2019, the USDA also cited the company’s monkey facility in Texas with a critical violation of the AWA for failing to provide 25 monkeys with food for six days. Envigo had to euthanise two of these animals because they were so severely starved.”

PETA Senior Science Advisor Dr Lisa Jones-Engel said: “Whether you’re talking about beagles or monkeys, Envigo cannot be trusted to take care of animals or safeguard public health.

“Monkeys brought in from squalid farms in Asia endure terrifying, gruelling journeys and can harbour everything from Ebola to malaria. If Hainan can’t be bothered to do the minimum of registering itself as required and Envigo doesn’t ensure that its carrier is legitimate, we have to ask whether they’re following any of the protocols required for public safety.”

Long-tailed macaques are now recognised as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the company noted.

“[This is in] large part due to their exploitation as part of the international wildlife trade to U.S. laboratories, where they’re mutilated, poisoned, deprived of food and water, forcibly immobilised in restraint devices, infected with painful and deadly diseases, psychologically tormented, and killed.”

Hainan appears to be one of the last airlines still shipping monkeys to laboratories.

In January, Kenya Airways ended the practice just 24 hours after discussions with PETA US, Air France followed suit in June after a decade-long campaign by PETA entities, and EGYPTAIR stopped shipping monkeys earlier this month following PETA entities’ global protests.

Regards Mark


Hainan Airlines alleged illegal monkey shipment prompts complaint from animal rights activists – Euro Weekly News