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July 14, 2020 - Independent Online

Primates imported to UK for laboratory experiments triple in a year to 6,752

Primates imported to UK for laboratory experiments triple in a year to 6,752
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The number of primates imported into the UK for laboratory animal experiments has nearly tripled in a year to more than 6,700, figures show.

Experts warned the steep rise risks spreading diseases that could be fatal to humans. Monkeys can pass viruses including avian flu, Sars and vCJD to people.

Authorities handed out permits last year for an “unusually high” 6,752 monkeys to be flown in and sent to laboratories, where chemicals or drugs would be tested on them. Primate-welfare workers are demanding to know why numbers shot up.

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