Name: Oppose Increased Use of Nonhuman Primates for Experimentation and Testing
NAVS has taken note of a disturbing trend—that
experimentation on nonhuman primates (NHPs) is on the rise. The number of
nonhuman primates used in research has increased over 30% in just the last few
years, and their use is at an all-time high.
NAVS opposes the use of nonhuman primates—and
all animals—in scientific research, for both ethical and scientific reasons.
Not only is animal experimentation a cruel practice, but it can also produce
misleading results which sidetrack meaningful scientific progress.
Executive Director Kenneth Kandaras contacted the National Institutes of Health
(NIH) Director, Dr. Francis Collins, to express concern and to ask the NIH to
provide more specific incentives and/or funding priorities to encourage
scientists to develop more sophisticated, human-relevant models to replace
Last week, we received a disappointing reply from Dr. Carrie
Wolinetz, from the NIH Office of Science Policy. She stated that “the rise in the use of
certain NHPs is not surprising and represents both the state of the science and
the importance of NHPs in research.”
In her response, Dr. Wolinetz also attempted to demonstrate the
NIH’s commitment to ethical considerations by pointing to a 2016 workshop held
at the request of Congress. This workshop was intended to address the bioethics
on the part of the NIH regarding nonhuman primate research. However, the workshop only served to
illustrate the NIH’s lack of genuine commitment to bioethics as not one of the
presentations at the day-long workshop was allotted to a bioethicist.
The NIH needs to hear from you that this is an important issue
to U.S. taxpayers who do not want their tax dollars funding experiments on
nonhuman primates. Primates are thinking, feeling creatures who display
emotions like humans—they should not be used as disposable research tools in
Researchers are making claims about the “necessity” of nonhuman
primate research without sufficient scientific and ethical justification. When such criteria were established for
chimpanzees, this ultimately led to the animals no longer being used in biomedical
appreciate your assistance with this urgent matter.
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Please encourage scientists to use non-animal models for disease instead of nonhuman primates
Dear [Decision Maker],
It is with great dismay that I learned that the use of nonhuman primates for research is on the rise. As a taxpayer and an animal advocate, I object to the continued and unchecked use of these animals instead of spending resources on the development of non-animal models for research that would be more ethical and more relevant to human health. While some researchers claim that it is "necessary" to use nonhuman primates for research, their claims are not supported by sufficient scientific and ethical justification. When such criteria were established for chimpanzees, this ultimately led to the animals no longer being used in biomedical research. The criteria for chimpanzees was developed as a result of a workshop that delved into the ethical issues of using intelligent primates for research and investigating whether it was actually necessary to use these animals for research at all. The 2016 workshop that purported to give the same type of scrutiny to the ethics of using other nonhuman primates did nothing to address the bioethics of nonhuman primate research and not a single bioethicist was on a panel during a day-long workshop on this issue.Primates are thinking, feeling creatures who display emotions like humans--they should not be used as disposable research tools in the laboratory. Please revisit the issue of ethical considerations for using nonhuman primates, relying on actual ethical considerations instead of justifications by researchers for the choice they made in relying on a non-human model for their research.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]