(ANIMAL TESTING/PRIMATES) The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) is currently in Mauritius raising awareness and concern for the Pre-Clinical Research Bill which would legalize animal testing on the island nation.

Mauritius is already known to have the largest primate trade in the world, and if passed, the legislation would add more suffering to primate populations—particularly the long-tailed macaque. On Friday, the BUAV’s Science Adviser Dr. Jarrod Bailey presented his research on alternatives to primate testing and how a more human-focused alternative to testing will yield much better results.

Continue reading below to learn more about the BUAV’s non-human primate alternatives to animal testing and see how you can help save the Mauritius primates. — Global Animal

long-tailed macaque. Photo Credit: Mahran Fadlullah / Getty
Mauritius is planning to pass the Pre-Clinical Research Bill which would legalize animal testing in the country. Photo Credit: Mahran Fadlullah / Getty

The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV)

A team from the BUAV is in Mauritius to raise awareness and concern regarding the Pre-Clinical Research Bill which is due to be presented to the Mauritius Parliament and will promote the use of animals in research. The introduction of such a bill, with the establishment of experimentation facilities in the country, will inflict further suffering and misery on the population of long-tailed macaque which is likely be the main species used in the research.

BUAV Science Adviser, Dr Jarrod Bailey, is here to present the scientific case against the use of primates in research as well as the ethical and welfare considerations concerning the primates themselves. Dr Bailey will also discuss the human ethical angle – do primate experiments represent the best science to find cures for the diseases and illness suffered by people.

Dr Jarrod Bailey who addressed a news conference in Port Louis today said:

‘The use of primates and other animals in experiments is not scientifically defensible. The best approach to find the cures we all need for human disease is human-focused alternatives. A move away from a dependency on animal experiments will happen and it would be to Mauritius’s advantage to join this move and embrace alternatives.’

 Picture from left to right: Anand Nithoo, BUAV representative in Mauritius, Dr Jarrod Bailey, BUAV Scientific Advisor and Sarah Kite, BUAV Director of Communications and Special Projects
Picture from left to right: Anand Nithoo, BUAV representative in Mauritius, Dr Jarrod Bailey, BUAV Scientific Advisor and Sarah Kite, BUAV Director of Communications and Special Projects. Photo Credit: BUAV

Dr Bailey has evaluated the scientific validity and human relevance of animal ‘models’ in biomedical research and testing. Over the past five years, he has authored and co-authored reviews outlining the limitations and ultimate human hazards of the use of nonhuman primates and other animals in various fields of research. These include: the testing of substances that can cause birth defects and cancer; the use of chimpanzees and other nonhuman primates in various forms of medical research including HIV/AIDS, cancer and hepatitis; and the use genetically modified animals to research diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, among others; and the use of dogs in pre-clinical testing of new human drugs.

In addition to holding a workshop and individual meetings, the BUAV is holding a presentation, in collaboration with the Department of History & Political Science at the University of Mauritius.There are valid and arguably more successful alternatives to using non-human primates and other animals in pre-clinical testing.  Due to recent advances in technology, there are a wide range of more human-relevant approaches to studying, understanding and ultimately contributing to the cure of many diseases.  In this modern age, there is simply no excuse for the acceptance of continued testing on non-human primates to continue.

The BUAV presentation will take place on Friday 21st March at 3pm at Lecture Theatre 2, The New Academic Complex of the University.

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More BUAV: http://www.buav.org/article/1507/buav-holds-news-conference-in-mauritius-to-present-the-scientific-case-against-the-use-of-primates-in-research

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