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The Primate Experimentation Scandal:
An Investigative Report

Which primates are experimented on the most?

USDA statistics do not separate primates by species. Therefore, accurate knowledge of how many animals in each species are used is unavailable. However, the majority of all animal experimentation is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Searches performed on the NIH database of scientific projects (The CRISP System) should give us some idea of which species are used most often.

During fiscal 2001 1,457 projects were located in the CRISP system that were relevant to these primate species: macaques, baboons, squirrel monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, marmosets, etc. 1,009 of these projects involved macaque monkeys, making this species the most often victimized. In fact, macaque monkeys accounted for 69.3% of the primate projects funded by the NIH. Baboons were second in line with 186 projects (12.8%). Squirrel monkeys came in third with 103 projects (7%). Chimps comprised only 61 projects or 4.2%.

VITAL STATISTICS FROM THIS SECTION

BREAKDOWN OF NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)

PRIMATE EXPERIMENTATION BY SPECIES

Species Number of NIH Projects %
Macaque Monkeys 1009 69.3
Baboons 186 12.8
Squirrel Monkeys 103 7.0
Chimpanzees 61 4.2
Other Species 98 6.7
TOTAL 1457 100

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