Thanks to Sen. Chris Van Hollen and his bipartisan colleagues for helping curtail cruel government experimentation on primates.
Van Hollen and other Maryland lawmakers have supported legislation directing federal agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce testing on primates and retire them to sanctuaries where, my research shows, they can recover and thrive.
Last month, the FDA confirmed to nonprofit White Coat Waste (WCW) Project that the agency’s National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), “does not currently have an NHP [nonhuman primate] program. It was retired in December 2022.” Previously, NCTR used more monkeys than any other FDA laboratory.
FDA records obtained by WCW show how hundreds of monkeys were confined in small cages for years and forced to consume amphetamine, nicotine and other drugs at doses as high as 10 times the maximum dose for humans. Newborns were taken from their mothers for experimentation and killed before they were a week…