Responding to today's report that monkeys are being experimented on in Australia, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called for greater openness by the institutions involved and the government agencies that oversee the welfare of these animals.
"Research should not be secretive," Senator Rhiannon said.
"We need a public debate about the ethics of using animals in experiments and the application of tests on animals to human health.
"The monkey species being used have complex behaviour, often a well-developed social structure and are highly intelligent. It is understandable that members of the public are upset when they hear these animals are being used in experiments.
"Full details on the treatment of the animals used in research and the purpose of the experiments should be disclosed.
"The Greens are calling for an end to the import of all primates for research and experiments.
"I have a Bill before the Senate that if passed would end the import of primates for research.
"It is important to stop the imports as this is driving the trade in captured wild primates.
"Australia has three federally funded primate breeding centres where local researchers can source animals," Senator Rhiannon said.
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