October 23, 2006
Influential Euro-MP Dr. Caroline Lucas has called for a complete ban on animal experiments using primates, following the release of video footage documenting dreadful conditions for monkeys in a facility in Vietnam which supplies European Union laboratories.
The video, from the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), shows the squalid Nafovanny farm that supplies 30,000 macaques a year to the vivisection industry.
The facility falls significantly short of the standards required under EU legislation on a number of counts, despite many of the monkeys ending up in European-based experiments.
"The video evidence collected by the BUAV is shocking and appalling," said Dr. Lucas, Green party Euro-MP.
"It shows hundreds of macaques being kept in row upon row of squalid, rusty, small cages, screeching constantly with distress – and revealed high levels of illness, injury and death amongst the macaques."
Alistair Currie, Campaigns Director at the BUAV commented; "The rules in Europe are being reviewed right now so the UK Government has an historic opportunity to get all monkeys out of factory farms and labs by lobbying in the European Union for a ban on all use of monkeys in experiments in Europe."