U.S. Captive Chimpanzees Designation as Endangered Species Is Now in Effect

As of September 14, all chimpanzees are listed as endangered under U.S. law, both wild and captive, as the result of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) decision earlier this year. With the new designation, it is illegal to sell chimpanzees in the interstate pet trade or to engage in commercial transport of the animals across state lines. Permits are now required for anyone wishing to conduct biomedical research involving captive chimpanzees, and will only be issued by FWS if it will benefit the survival of the species.

The effective date of the FWS action was welcomed by Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) CEO Wayne Pacelle in several blog messages (see here and here). It was also celebrated online by other animal activists. “It's so good to hear that unnecessary biomedical research on chimpanzees is coming to an end . . .” Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) said on her Facebook page September 8 along with a picture of chimpanzees.

Meanwhile, there has been broad news coverage about the race to find an Ebola vaccine in order to save wild Great Apes, including chimpanzees, whose numbers are being decimated by the disease in Africa. The testing of vaccines in chimpanzees at the New Iberia Primate Research Center in Louisiana, and the question of whether that work would continue after September 14, was raised in a National Public Television Newshour segment. That question is still unanswered. The Atlantic Magazine raises more questions about how harmful the new restrictions on biomedical research with chimpanzees may be to wild populations in the story “Should Apes Be Saved from Ebola?

The Animal Research Behind the Top 25 Most Prescribed Drugs

Has Your Doctor Prescribed One of These Medications?

In an effort to continue educating the public and key decision makers about the importance of animal research, NABR and the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) have just posted a listing of the top 25 most prescribed drugs and the animal models that helped develop them.

Compiled using publicly available information from the FDA, the Top 25 Most Prescribed Drugs table is easy to read and clearly demonstrates the indispensable role animal models play in the drug development process. The table can be customized to sort by species so readers can learn which pharmaceuticals were developed thanks to the assistance of rodents, nonhuman primates (NHP), dogs, or rabbits.

Chances are someone you know is taking one of the most commonly prescribed FDA-approved medications on this list. These include medications for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, and diabetes; all of which could not have been developed without the assistance of animal research. Yet, a common tactic by opponents of lifesaving and life-improving biomedical research with animals is to attempt to discredit its effectiveness.  With this information, the evidence is irrefutable. Please share it with the public, your colleagues, and cross post on social media to help increase awareness of the necessity of animal models in drug development.

See the Top 25 Drugs: 
http://www.nabr.org/biomedical-research/laboratory-animals/animal-research-behind-top-drugs/

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New Video Answers the Question, “Why Are Animals Needed in Research?”

Those of us in the biomedical research community are often asked by friends, family and acquaintances: why must we use animals in research?  The Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) has just released a short new video that answers this very basic question and is designed to be a shareable teaching tool for the public.

Featuring several of the country’s leading scientists and medical experts, this video highlights why animal research is critical for medical progress and the advancement of both human and animal health.

Please take 5 minutes to watch and share it with those you know who may be curious about animal research. Share it with the public, your colleagues, and post it on social media to help increase awareness of the necessity of animal models in medical discovery.

If you appreciate this video and would like to help FBR continue educating the public on these critical issues, please make your tax deductible donation to the Foundation today.

 

Air France CEO Defends Transportation of Research Primates

(An abridged repost from Agence France Presse; "Air France to continue transporting lab monkeys")

May 21, 2015

Air France will continue to transport live monkeys for laboratory testing, the airline's CEO Alexandre de Juniac said at an Air-France-KLM shareholders' meeting held as animal rights activists protested nearby.

Juniac, who was re-elected by shareholders to remain at the helm of the French-Dutch company, said in response to an activist's question that the airline would defend the practice as long as it served the interests of science.
At the protest some of the around 30 activists donned monkey costumes and locked themselves up in a cage.

Challenged on the issue by a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Juniac said his company has sought advice from experts who believe "experimenting on primates with a similar genetic ancestry to human beings is indispensable" to research.
"So long as medical research for the improvement of human health requires these experiments, we will continue to transport them," he lashed out.

Juniac also said Air France applies relevant regulations and ensures the animals are well treated...

‘Air Transport: No Cargo, No Cure,’ New Section on NABR Website

NABR has added an important new section to its website titled, Air Transport: No Cargo, No Cure.

Opponents to animal research have engaged in tactics of harassment, protests, and public smear campaigns in an effort to end the transportation of vital animal models involved in studies worldwide, which stand to better both human and animal health. A lack of availability of certain research animal models could mean the future of medical progress is jeopardized. That’s why medical research organizations have begun speaking out regarding the imperative nature of research animal transportation.

To read official statements from such organizations, as well as to learn more about the safe transport of research animals by air and why it is such a critical issue, please see the resources provided at the Air Transport: No Cargo, No Cure page. If you have comments or suggested additions for this section, please let us know at info@NABR.org.