It is likely that some of the monkeys also undergo tests in France, after very probably arriving at Roissy in the holds of Air France planes. Silabe has already been at the heart of controversies, revelations, demonstrations and campaigns, in particular by other French associations, which had found themselves up against a brick wall.
European law stipulates that primates used for scientific purposes should come exclusively from breeding establishments or colonies maintained with no introductions of animals taken from the wild; This applies as from 10 November 2022 for all the members of the EU, including France. It, therefore, strengthens the rules applying to the trade in monkeys. But who is going to monitor it, especially in the countries where the animals are captured and bred for export?
The European regulations also stipulate that fewer animal procedures must be carried out in research in general. But what is likely to happen?
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More than two million animals suffer and die each year after pointless experiments in French laboratories.
According to the official figures for 2017, more than 30% of the primates experimented on in the European Union were carried out in France. Likewise France is the biggest ‘user’ of cats in Europe and the second biggest ‘user’ of dogs after the United Kingdom.
Moreover, of all the procedures involving severe pain in all animals in the EU, France carries out by far the most: almost a third of them, well ahead of the countries next on the list!
Thousands of monkeys enter France from abroad, some destined for universities, while others are sent on to our European neighbours. In laboratories, mice, rabbits, horses, fish, cats, pigs and so many other animals may undergo test after test throughout their miserable lives , suffering both pain and distress, until they die or are killed.
Officially France is third, after the United Kingdom and Germany, in terms of how many animals are killed. In fact, this figure is an underestimate since, unlike its neighbours, France does not publish all its data.
That must stop: the data on animal experimentation must become transparent! How many times have we had to demand that these figures be published? Moreover, the data must include not only animals used in experiments but also those killed for analysis of their organs, transgenic animals, fœtuses etc. Such information is not currently recorded.
France is the country that carries out the fewest unannounced inspections: 20% compared with a European average of 40%. It is also the member state that causes animals to suffer the most. However the European requirements are clear: the number of animals used in experiments must be reduced, as must their suffering.
Existing alternative methods must be systematically used instead of animal experimentation. And such methods must be developed for other experiments on animals. That requires the investment of public funds!
I the undersigned ask for total transparency on animals used in experiments, investment in non-animal alternatives and the systematic use of such alternatives when they exist!