are poor models for research -they fight disease via a different process'
Gazette spoke with Theodora Capaldo, president of the New England Anti-vivisection
Society, the oldest animal protection agency in the United States.
is working with the Fauna Foundation's Gloria Grow on Project R&R (rescue
and restitution), an initiative that aims to secure permanent and humane
retirement for chimps used for biomedical research.
are some facts that Capaldo offered on chimpanzees and research:
- The United States
is the only country that continues to regularly use chimpanzees for
invasive biomedical research.
- Experiments on
orangutans were given up years ago because they were too susceptible
to upper-respiratory infections, and gorillas were not used for experiments
because they are too big.
- Adult chimpanzees
are eight times stronger than humans.
- at six laboratories
in the United ¦ About 1,000 chimpanzees are held
Half the laboratories are government-run, the others are a mix of university
laboratories and private research facilities.
- At any given time,
only 10 per cent of the chimpanzees held at these laboratories are involved
in active research. The remaining chimpanzees languish in five feet
by five feet by seven feet cells.
- Research facilities
receive funds to house the chimpanzees regardless of whether they are
being used in experiments.
could be providing the chimpanzees with 20 times more care in a healthy
environment for less money than it costs the labs to keep them," Capaldo
the decades, chimpanzees have been used for research into a number of diseases,
including AIDS. Capaldo said that the AIDS research was completely ineffective
because the chimpanzees infected with HIV did not develop AIDS.
are poor models for research," she said.
disease is a different process for them. Using chimpanzees for research
is bad science."
close and personal with video
Grow, brother of Fauna Foundation founder Gloria Grow, and employee Isabelle
Veilleux give insight into their work and interactions with rescued animals
at Chambly centre.
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