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.
CNN tells the story about how the 26 male squirrel monkeys–including Larry, Gregory, Bob, Smokey, Moby, and Oak–went from the FDA’s $5.5 million smoking studies to the Sunshine State where they’ll spend the rest of their lives breathing fresh air, swinging in trees, foraging for food and being wild. The segment explains how WCW first discovered and exposed the project and successfully fought to end it with Dr. Jane Goodall and others.
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
We’re delighted that our beloved squirell monkeys are in a wonderful new home, we’re grateful to their new hosts, and we honor the monkeys for their service and sacrifice in helping the #FDA to advance important public health goals. https://t.co/N3ybie4tqH
— Scott Gottlieb, M.D. (@SGottliebFDA) December 6, 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 In the new Congress, I’ll continue my bipartisan work to curb outdated animal tests and retire lab animals https://t.co/Io4hDYOt14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.