Sweden monkey imports and research exposed!
Animal Justice Project and Swedish Partner, Djurrättsalliansen, have received information on the import and use of 120 macaque monkeys for futile malaria experiments at Karolinska Institutet – a leading university in Stockholm, and have launched a campaign to halt the import and end the use of primates in research within Sweden, forever!
120 monkeys for import into Sweden
Djurrättsalliansen has obtained documents revealing that Karolinska Institutet – the last university in Scandinavia to continue using primates for research – has recently applied to import macaque monkeys for experiments from the United States. We can reveal that a group of animal researchers at
Karolinska Institute has received ethical approval to conduct a series of invasive experiments on 120 captive-bred macaque monkeys for the purpose of developing a vaccine against human malaria.
Animal Justice Project and Djurrättsalliansen are working together to halt the planned import of these monkeys, and urge Karolinska Institutet to finally put an end the use of primates.
What will life be like for the 120 monkeys at Karolinska Institutet?
The Swedish researchers will infect 120 macaque monkeys with malaria parasites and then perform multiple invasive procedures on the monkeys over a period of five years. The procedures will include bone marrow biopsies, repeated vaccinations and blood sampling (up to 25 times per year). Lymph node biopsies will be obtained from the armpit or groin. Although the biopsies will be performed under general anaesthesia the monkeys will be likely to experience pain and discomfort afterwards.
All of the monkeys will be housed in cages, possibly 2 meters high and 4 meters wide. Some with a floor area as small as two square meters. Stress and fear is experienced by monkeys used in experiments as a result of their being caged, their inability to express normal behaviour and separation from their family groups. This is not accounted for when researchers put studies such as this into bands of Severity.
Where will the monkeys come from, and when?
It is not currently known where in the United States the 120 monkeys will leave from, but it is possible they are being exported from either a university campus, or one of well-known primate breeding facilities, such as Primate Products or Worldwide Primates, Inc. – a company that supplies primates to the vivisection industry in the United States.
A staggering number of animals are also imported into the United States from China. In 2014, 21,768 long-tailed macaques were imported in from China, Mauritius, Cambodia and Vietnam, mainly via Houston, Texas. Most were imported into Covance Research Products, Inc.
Animal research and malaria
Dr. Menache and Dr. Ray Greek provide evidence at the EU Parliament against animal research in 2015 as part of a European Citizens’ Initiative ‘STOP VIVISECTION’ which collected more than 1,150,000 certified signatures asking people to support a paradigm shift in the way biomedical and toxicological research are being conducted.
Not only is using monkeys in the Karolinska Institute research unethical, EU law set down in Directive 2010/63/EU states that it is “essential, both on moral and scientific grounds, to ensure that each use of an animal is carefully evaluated as to the scientific or educational validity, usefulness and relevance of the expected result of that use”.
• On the basis of current science, the likely harm to the monkeys far outweighs the hypothetical benefits to human medical progress (0.004%)
• Macaque monkeys are largely immune to the common form of human malaria
• Non-animal methods, including MIMIC and VACCINOMICS are available today and are relevant to the development of human vaccines
We can halt the import of 120 macaque monkeys into Karolinska Institutet, and their devastating experiments on primates, but we need your help TODAY!
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Read and share the Special Report by our Science Advisor, Dr. Andre Menache, outlining why the primate experiments at Karolinska Institutet are not only unethical, but also futile and of dubious legal standing. READ HERE!
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