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Help save primates from suffering in British labs

18 September 2019
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New Home Office figures on the use of animals in research in Britain reveal that, despite there being better, humane alternatives available, 2,472 primates were experimented on last year – an increase of 12% on the previous year. 

Many primates in Britain – one of Europe’s largest users – are used for curiosity driven “basic research” not required by law. This includes invasive neurology experiments, for which animals may have electrodes inserted directly into their brains to record brain cell activity as they perform tasks.

Classed as causing “moderate” suffering, a hole is cut into the monkeys’ skulls and a recording device implanted, in addition to a head restraint frame. Common adverse effects of this procedure include wound infections. Such single cell recordings can be, and are being, carried out in ethically controlled trials of patients undergoing brain surgery.