NHMRC’s funding of monkey breeding facilities a backward step

Last week (25th March 2015) Australia’s peak medical research funding body, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), announced its grant of over $1.7 million to breed monkeys for experiments in Australia. Monash University received $1.25 million towards the maintenance and breeding of marmosets and macaques in Gippsland, Victoria, and the Sydney Local Health Network received $487,500 to breed baboons at a facility in Wallacia in New South Wales.


“As the world moves away from using primates in research, with the National Institutes of Health in the United States phasing out chimp research, Australia is taking a backward step by committing more funds to breed primates for experimentation” Helen Marston, CEO of Humane Research Australia (HRA) said today.


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