An eye opening and dispicable report. Note the airlines at the bottom that make it hapen:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1333156/Factory-farmed-monkeys-shipped-thousands-UK-laboratories.html
The young monkey reaches desperately into the cage where his mate is trapped, pawing in confusion at her soft fur. She has been lured by a juicy piece of sugar cane, and a trapdoor has slammed shut behind her.
Trappers rush through the jungle towards them and the male bares his teeth, but he’s forced to flee.
His mate screams as she’s grabbed by the tail and shoved into a sack.
Her fate is a bleak one — she is destined to spend the rest of her life producing babies for vivisection laboratories in Britain.
Although experimenting on monkeys caught in the wild was banned in Britain in 1997, laboratories across the UK have begun exploiting a ‘loophole’ in the law that allows them to use the offspring of wild-caught primates.
These are almost as cheap as wild-caught monkeys because they are reared abroad in vast factory farms.
Because of these concerns, along with worries over animal welfare, all UK-based airlines refuse to carry vivisection monkeys.
Even China Airlines has joined the boycott, describing the trade as ‘despicable’.
But others, such as Air France, American Airlines and the U.S.-based carrier Continental, will fly the monkeys anywhere. Air France is now one of the world’s biggest primate handlers, flying most of those destined for the UK into the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
The monkeys are used in a wide variety of tests, some of which kill them within weeks, while others survive for years. In commercial labs they will be injected with newly-developed drugs and chemicals to see if these are poisonous.
In university laboratories, primates might have parts of their brain removed to see how it affects their behaviour.
Recent experiments at the University of Newcastle involved inserting electrodes into the heads of monkeys to measure the frequency of electric currents flowing through the brain.
In recent years, the military has greatly expanded its use of research monkeys.
Experiments included shooting them in the head to gauge the effect of bullets and ‘missiles’ on brain tissue. Riot control gases and bacteria and viruses have also been tested on them.
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