Tell the NIH: Move on from antiquated primate research!

Tell the NIH: Move on from antiquated primate research!

Humane CosmeticsA new report has been released calling on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to pour money and resources into expanding national primate breeding programs and increasing the use of primates in biomedical research. Relying on this unethical, dubious research methodology only serves to prolong immense suffering for thousands of nonhuman primates used in experiments every year and hinders advances in human health care. 

The NIH already spends approximately half of its more than $40 billion budget on research experiments that use animals. We urge the NIH to re-focus its funding to prioritize the development of human-relevant research methods and models. These non-animal solutions will more accurately predict how humans respond to drugs and treatments because they are based on human biology rather than animal biology. 

Calls to Action:

  1. Please contact NIH Director Dr. Monica Bertagnolli.
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  • Dr. Monica Bertagnolli


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Prioritize human-relevant biomedical research over the use of nonhuman primates

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to respectfully ask that you end the use of nonhuman primates in biomedical research, and instead prioritize the National Institutes of Health's funding on the development of human-relevant research methods. Funneling money to nonhuman primate research ignores serious ethical concerns and threatens to slow down important progress that is being made toward building research methods based on human biology.

Nonhuman primates are not "resources" to be commercially bred and used for our interests. They are highly social, complex and emotional creatures deserving of lives free from suffering, pain and confinement--all of which inevitably await them as they languish in biomedical research labs.

In recent years, Congress has signaled its desire to move away from animal models with the introduction of numerous bills that would reduce the use of animals in science and kickstart the growth of human-based research. Pair this with recent findings that 79% of scientists do not have high confidence in the human relevance of data produced by animal models and the picture is clear: the future of biomedical research is animal-free.

As the newly appointed director of the NIH, you are in a prime position to move the agency beyond the status quo. We must think progressively to tackle the greatest health threats to humanity, and that mode of thought inevitably leads to abandoning the animal-use methods of decades past. Please choose to look forward and imagine what could be.

Thank you for your consideration,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]