To: Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
Dear Ms Schouten,
Approximately 1,500 non-human primates are being held at the Biomedical Primate Research Centre (BPRC) near Rijswijk. They're often placed in restraint cages, infected with debilitating diseases, deliberately given brain damage, and may even be killed in full view of their companions. Yet there's a growing body of evidence that data from studies on non-human primates can't be readily applied to humans.
While the government works to make the transition to animal-free science, there must be a stronger push towards ending the use of primates in its entirety. We urge you to implement the following measures:
- Assist the BPRC in developing a plan to end the breeding and use of non-human primates in experiments and to transfer the animals to reputable sanctuaries as soon as possible.
- Require the BPRC to conduct regular and transparent reporting on its progress towards ending animal experiments and breeding.
- Develop a plan for ending the use of all non-human primates in experiments across the Netherlands.
- Increase funding for the development of non-animal research methods.
By taking swift and decisive action, the government will not only spare sensitive, intelligent non-human primates immense suffering but also increase the likelihood of medical breakthroughs for humans.