Earlier this year, following a national WCW campaign, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration canceled nicotine addiction testing on monkeys and committed to sending the primates to an accredited sanctuary. Now, as reported in a feature by CNN, the monkeys have reached their retirement home in Florida at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. This is the first time the FDA has ever retired primates to a sanctuary.
Squirrel monkeys that were once in a nicotine addiction study by the US Food and Drug Administration have arrived at their new home: an animal sanctuary in Gainesville, Florida https://t.co/YeKQeFC2dM pic.twitter.com/lys6SZFqfO
— CNN (@CNN) December 4, 2018
Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA)–who are now pushing FDA to end all of its primate testing along with Rep. Brendan Boyle–praised the move, as did other lawmakers involved in the effort:
Kudos to @SGottliebFDA & the @US_FDA for showing a real commitment to reducing wasteful & cruel animal testing by canceling nicotine addiction experiments on squirrel monkeys & giving them the home they deserve at a sanctuary. https://t.co/ZvStEc1oTS
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) December 4, 2018
The @US_FDA is setting an example for all other federal agencies by ending questionable monkey tests and retiring the primates to a sanctuary. In the new Congress, I’ll continue my bipartisan work to curb outdated animal tests and retire lab animals https://t.co/Io4hDYOt14
— Rep. Brendan Boyle (@CongBoyle) December 12, 2018
— Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (@RepRoybalAllard) December 7, 2018
Last year, I spoke out against the FDA’s wasteful nicotine testing on monkeys. I’m pleased that the @US_FDA and @SGottliebFDA ended the unnecessary tax payer-funded experiments & retired the monkeys to a sanctuary. You can read an update about them here: https://t.co/mpvpTxtHwp
— Ken Calvert (@KenCalvert) December 6, 2018
Join our effort to get more primates out of government labs! Take a moment to write your Congress members and urge them to cut funding for all painful primate testing at the FDA and other federal agencies.