Ricky Gervais, actress Joanna Lumley OBE and rockers Brian May CBE and Chrissie Hynde, are joining tens of thousands of people taking part in the virtual march to Brussels where the 20-year old law on animal experiments is up for review by politicians.
Let's make primate-free progress
The law governing the use of animals in experiments across the European Union is now being reviewed, for the first time in 22 years.
Last year the European Parliament signalled in Written Declaration 40, originated by Animal Defenders International, that it would like the European Commission to bring an end to the use of great apes and wild-caught monkeys in experiments.
Experiments on primates are poor science and attract particular concern because they are capable of experiencing intense physical and mental suffering. Around ten thousand are used in EU experiments each year.
Great apes - orang-utans, gorillas and chimpanzees - have not been used in experiments in the EU for some years and their use is banned in the UK. However many other primates, such as macaque and squirrel monkeys, baboons and marmosets continue to be incarcerated and suffer greatly in laboratories.
Today, for the first time in 23 years, the whole of the European Parliament voted on proposals to update the law governing the use of animals in experiments across Europe.
On 31 March, the European Parliament’s lead committee considering the proposal to revise the law voted for a series of changes (known as amendments) that seriously undermine the proposal from the European Commission to regulate animal testing across Europe.
Advocates for Animals is pleased to be working with Animal Defenders International (ADI) who are spearheading the campaign to end the use of primates in experiments. Their groundbreaking new documentary ‘Save The Primates’ exposes every aspect of the global primate trade.