Sweden's Board of Agriculture together with Sweden's National Board for Laboratory Animals recently decided on new regulations for using animals in research. One of the most important changes is that great apes and nine species of Gibbon apes will be exempt from use in experiments from june this year. Only non-invasive behavioural studies of these animals will be allowed in the future.
"No great apes or Gibbon apes are currently used in experiments in Sweden, but the ban is still a matter of great ideological importance," says Per-Anders Svd, Campaign Manager at Animal Rights Sweden, the country's largest animal rights organization. "The decision marks an important shift in official policy, since it implicitly recognizes the individual moral worth of primates. Hopefully, the ban can be seen as a first step towards extending moral and legal rights to millions of other animals suffering in experiments."
Animal rights organizations all over the world have been campaigning to end primate experiments for several years. The Swedish ban will undoubtely generate hope and enthusiasm within the international community of activists struggling to end primate experimentation in their respective countries.
"By raising public awareness through persistent campaigns, activists have been able to push back long-standing prejudice surrounding the moral standing of primates. There are no excuses for using primates in experiments, and this is finally beginning to sink in - even at the level of policy-making," concludes Per-Anders Svd.
For more information, please contact:
Animal Experimentation Campaign Manager
Fbundet djurens rt / Animal Rights Sweden
125 02 vsj
Phone: +46 8 555 914 03
Fax: +46 555 914 50
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