true stories

The laws governing the treatment of nonhuman primates in laboratories are limited in scope. Animal Welfare Act regulations include stringent cage-size requirements for monkeys and apes but include only vague guidelines regarding the actual care and treatment of these individuals. As a result, situations frequently arise that we find offensive or cruel or unethical, but which are not in violation of the law. You can imagine how frustrating these situations can be for a person responsible for the health and well-being of a captive primate. While many of us do attempt to change events or practices by talking with supervisors, often our bases for complaint have no grounding in the law and we are dismissed as being too emotional or overly-attached to the research subjects. These page is devoted to those stories you haven’t heard – because they are not illegal and are, in some cases, routine laboratory practices.

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