Scientists Fight For Their Right to Import Research Monkeys

Days before the window for public comment closed, Australian medical researchers realized they had almost missed a piece of legislature that would have totally altered their careers: a proposed ban on the importation of non-human primates for medical research. While three breeding colonies, which consist of several hundred research primates, exist in Australia, researchers argue that imports are a necessary component for maintaining genetic diversity. Senator Lee Rhiannon, however, believes that live primates are being “caught in the wild and sold to a booming research market.” The use of primates caught in the wild in medical research is already banned by Australian regulations, but after an investigative piece by the Sydney Morning Herald exposed a system largely devoid of accountability, people got suspicious. The newspaper claims that millions of dollars…


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