Animal Testing: Getting Primates on the No-Fly List

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Members of PETA and Stop UBC Animal Research have spent eight months pressuring airlines worldwide, culminating in their members descending on the Animal Transportation Association meeting in Vancouver, Canada last Sunday. The campaign has been a tour de force of urgency focussed on the few remaining airlines of the world that still deliver primates internationally for scientific research in laboratories. The two organisations have been urging compassionate moves to stop accepting blood money and ban the practice of torturing these highly endangered, highly intelligent animals.

After thousands of e-mails, hundreds of phone calls, and a PETA “monkey” paying a visit to the China Southern Airlines‘ office in Los Angeles, the airline -— which is the largest in China -— has made the compassionate decision to cancel its plans to ship 80 monkeys from China to the U.S. Had these primates been delivered, they were going to end up in the hands of Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories (SNBL) and Harlan Laboratories where the remainder of their lives would be spent tormented in cruel experiments. This move has been confirmed by the prestigious scientific journal Nature.

Because there remain few viable options for exporting primates from China, primate breeders and hunters are currently in a panic about how to bring monkeys into the U.S. to torment in laboratories.

China Southern joins Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Lufthansa, British Airways, and Virgin Atlantic, among others, in refusing to transport primates to be tortured.

In Australia, roughly 700 primates are currently killed via animal testing each year.

Biomedical researchers claim there is still significant biomedical information about humans which can be discovered only through experiments on intact animal systems. Although computer simulations, clinical investigation and cell and tissue culture experiments are starting to provide viable alternatives to testing on animals, these are still primarily “adjuncts to the use of animals in research”.

Today, controlled laboratory experiments on animals remain the multi-billion dollar core industry behind the scientific enterprise. By observing the effects of various stimuli in non-human animals, researchers can hypothesise legitimate expectations about the likely effects of these stimuli in humans.

However, the key word here is hypothesise. Those who believed in the value of testing toxicity of compounds or medical testing on animals are slowly realising that the world scientific body can show zero causation between such results on animals and humans.

In other words, the results of experiments on animals doesn’t yield results that are compatable with humans, they merely allow scientists to guess what could happen in human trials based on ‘general’ knowledge of biological systems. These guesses are all too often incorrect, inconsistent, with no correlation to the animal.

According to former National Cancer Institute Director Dr. Richard Klausner, “We have cured mice of cancer for decades, and it simply didn’t work in humans.” And although at least 85 HIV/AIDS vaccines have been successful in non-human primate studies, as of 2010, every one of nearly 200 preventive and therapeutic vaccine trials has failed to demonstrate benefit to humans.

In one case, an AIDS vaccine that was shown to be effective in monkeys failed in human clinical trials because it did not prevent people from developing AIDS, and some believe that it made them more susceptible to the disease.

According to a report in the British newspaper The Independent, one conclusion from the failed study was that “testing HIV vaccines on monkeys before they are used on humans, does not in fact work.”

Ninety-two percent of drugs—those that have been tested on animals and in vitro—do not make it through Phase 1 of human clinical trials.



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Author:Andrew Beato

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3 Comments on “Animal Testing: Getting Primates on the No-Fly List”

  1. Anonymous
    March 22, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Great article andrew.

    Its about time more of these disgraceful and appalling activities are exposed to their full extent.

    In my field of work, I have seen many forms of experiments done on rabbits for example, to improve our eye care industry. The end result has been blind and distorted bunnies being put down after they are of no use any more.

    No form of cruelty should ever be exercised on our creatures of the planet.


    Chez, Sydney.

  2. April 6, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    Excellent article. Animal research is illogical, unscientific and misleading and therefor useless; what’s more cruel, brutalizing and immoral; it is indeed a crime – a crime which serves no purpose except the contemptible purpose of self-advancement, ambition and personal gain. It cunningly serves industry as an alibi against criminal charges. Because of its parasitical, malignant nature it is destroying human health with impunity for an industry that is systematically creating and spreading disease (iatrogenic illness) for profit.

    Down with animal research!

  3. April 6, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Georgia Straight Online

    Animal Research: Curing Mice Instead of People

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