Primates Still Used for Testing Chemicals
In Korea, primates are used more than before because they are the most similar animal to humans, although the use of primates has been decreased in western countries due to its immorality.
The film, ‘Rise of the planet of the apes’, is about primates, which are used to develop Alzheimer’s disease treatment, raising a rebellion. Then, how about in reality?
This is the film that was revealed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) at last 2010.
The monkey that is tied up at a testing bench is writhing in the agony of pain. The experimenter did not use anesthetic because the anesthetic could affect the result.
The monkey locked in a sealed container is distressed because the monkey cannot breathe well as the experimenter inserted the gas into the container.
Primates are an animal that forms social group and has a very strong family bond as human, so they could also feel not only physical pain but also mental anguish. – President of ‘Action for Animals’
The experiment using animals is declining in the developed countries due to its immorality; for instance, National Institutes of Health (NIH) declared permanent prohibition of chimpanzee experiment and EU launched the development of self-experiment system which does not require using animals. Yet, the frequency of animal experiment, especially using primates, is increasing in Korea as the area of medicine and biology grows.
For the past three years, total number of primates that were used in experiment in Korea reached to 4110, and the import of primates has increased ten times more over the past decade.