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RSPCA demands monkey import ban


An end to the import of primates for scientific research has been demanded by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). The animal welfare group said around 1,500 primates were imported annually from Mauritius, the Philippines, China, Indonesia and Israel.

The RSPCA said some were dead on arrival.

Launching the campaign, RSPCA primatologist Dr Mark Prescott said primates had an awareness of pain similar to humans, but were kept in cages for up to three days before they reached their destination.

He said: "It is ludicrous that we have EU transport legislation containing special provisions for farm animals, yet no such provision to protect primates."

'Utterly unacceptable'

Dr Prescott said: "The government has reported primates dead on arrival in Britain and this is utterly unacceptable."

The RSPCA demands include:

An end to the import of primates.

A reduction in the numbers used for research, with humane alternatives chosen at every opportunity.

An end to long journey times and improved welfare during transport.

An end to trade with breeding centres that capture primates from the wild.

Improvements in housing and husbandry for all laboratory primates.

Strong views

The report was being launched on Friday at Monkey World near Wareham, Dorset, the only sanctuary in the UK that rehabilitates laboratory monkeys.

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