21 Dec 11

AVC Saves 73 Monkeys from Merck, Sharpe & Dohme (MSD)

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73 primates now live a better life without fear and pain, thanks to the tireless efforts of our volunteers and donors.

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Thanks to the tireless efforts of AVC's volunteers and donors 73 primates now live a life away from feat and pain.

AVC begun a campaign to save the primates from the Merck, Sharp & Dohme (MSD) laboratory by engaging in constructive talks with the pharmaceutical company, which also included EDEV Monkey Foundation. We entered into communications with only one aim – to ensure the MSD primates would be rehoused at a specialist rehabilitation centre. The killing of these sentient primates or their transportation to another laboratory was not an option for AVC.

The campaign to save the monkeys peaked on October 19 2011, when over 150 people formed a giant heart at the gates of the MSD laboratory in Oss, Belgium. We delivered a simple message – Have a heart for animals – and gained media coverage of their plight.

AVC Chairman, Danny Flies, comments:

“The 73 primates were in good health and lived in social groups at MSD. Thanks to this the transition from MSD to the Monkey Foundation was made easy. We wish to sincerely thank MSD for their decision to release the monkeys for rehoming. We now hope other laboratories will follow this good example.”