Primates By the Numbers
Figures show that in 2010 (the most recent available) 71,317 non-human primates (NHPs) were used in experiments in the US - the highest recorded since the US Department of Agriculture began collecting data in 1973.
A report called Primates By the Numbers, drawn up by the American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) says:
"Despite a decline in their use in experiments in the European Union, and a general decline in the use of other favored animals like cats and dogs in the US, the use of non-human primates in laboratory experiments in the United States has increased over the last decade."
When NHPs used for breeding or otherwise held in labs are included in the totals for 2010, the number totals 125,752. The use is primarily in universities or at National Primate Research Centers, which are supported
by the federal government.
The report goes on to detail the primates that are imported to the US, the length of journey involved from their sources, and the harm and injury they potentially suffer as a result.
The full report is available by clicking here.
Archived 24 January 2012