British Union for the
Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV)
December 3, 2013
[VICTORY UPDATE, December 19, 2013 from BUAV: We are pleased to let you know that today Newcastle University has released a statement declaring that it will end its involvement in controversial research on wild-caught baboons in Kenya. This move follows the recent BUAV investigation, Captive Cruelty, which uncovered the cruel capture and use of wild baboons in Kenya, and the involvement of researchers from Newcastle University who were travelling to the country to conduct highly invasive research using public funding.]
Baboons belong in the wild, not in laboratories. Please support the BUAV campaign:
SIGN AND SHARE our petition calling on the President of Kenya to stop the cruel capture and use of wild baboons for research http://bit.ly/WildBaboons
SIGN AND SHARE our petition calling on Newcastle University to stop its researchers from going to Kenya to carry out experiments on primates: http://bit.ly/NUbaboons
PLEASE WATCH AND SHARE our film (Warning: some viewers may find it upsetting)
The BUAV has launched its latest investigation Captive Cruelty, which reveals the terrible suffering inflicted on the wild baboons of Kenya; from their cruel capture in the wild to their imprisonment and use in research at the Institute of Primate Research (IPR) in Nairobi. Kept in unacceptable conditions, that seriously compromise their welfare and breach international guidelines, the baboons are subjected to disturbing experiments, involving researchers from countries including the UK and USA.
Legislation in Kenya relating to animal experiments is outdated and hopelessly inadequate. Captive Cruelty reveals the harrowing and pitiful conditions in which wild baboons were held at IPR. Many were housed on their own in small, barren metal cages. Some individuals suffered this solitary confinement for years, resulting in disturbed abnormal behaviour such as circling.
In the UK, using wild-caught primates in research was banned in 1995, yet
researchers from Newcastle University are bypassing UK law and, with public
funding, going to Kenya to carry out disturbing and invasive experiments on
wild-caught baboons. This is also a breach of recent guidance by UK funding
bodies which requires UK researchers to maintain UK welfare standards when
carrying out experiments abroad.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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