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AR Campaigners Win FOI Battle Against Newcastle University Monkey Experiments

Newcastle University will be forced to disclose licences governing its controversial experiments on primates after a tribunal ruled that they would not be exempt from freedom of information (FOI) requests.

The landmark decision by the information tribunal paves the way for other animal rights campaigners to challenge similar research universities to publicise details of their animal experiments.

The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) first submitted an FOI request to the University of Newcastle in June 2008 but it was refused. The campaigners then demanded Newcastle release Home Office licences, which the institution said allowed them to conduct experiments on monkeys.

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