From FOIA to Freedom: FDA retires monkeys to Florida sanctuary

 


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.

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:

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.

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A strong thank you to all the congressmen that have been making an effort to put an end to animal testing. The testing practices are horrendous, painful, and uncalled for. It would also be nice to put an end to trophy hunting. We don’t need to kill animals to prove that we are great. It has been proven time and again that many people who kill animals for the fun of it have psychological issues. I thank you for reading my comment.
Respectfully,
Suzan Woychuk

I am Overjoyed to see that these babies are going to live their life in peace. But much more has to be done we do not need to test on animals for anything for any time

I may have missed it, but How is the health of these beautiful and innocent beings? And yes I am glad to know that these beautiful beings are in a MUCH more “suitable” place….

Stop animal cruelty

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