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IMPORTANT NEW RESOURCE TO FIGHT PLANS FOR CAMBRIDGE PRIMATE LABS
Posted 1 August 2002
The campaign against plans by Cambridge University to build a massive new primate research laboratory is stepped up this week with the launch of a new website, in which Britain's leading national anti-vivisection groups are all collaborating.
The site - produced by Animal Aid for local campaign group Cambridge Against Primate Experiments (X-CAPE) - features a wealth of background information and guidance on how to oppose the University's plans.
The University of Cambridge has already had its plans for a proposed primate research centre refused twice by the local authority. It has appealed and there will be a public inquiry later this year.
The University claims that the experiments will provide insights into human diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Yet we know that there are crucial differences between monkeys and people; and the artificial way in which the disease symptoms are induced also means that the experiments will be of no use to human medicine. The Cambridge proposal has become a vitally important battleground where the wider arguments over animal experiments will be fought out.
Animal Aid played a leading role in the successful opposition to the earlier attempts by Cambridge University to gain planning permission for the primate lab. We have now brought together the leading national anti-vivisection groups to support X-CAPE and to bring about a co-ordinated response in the run-up to the November public inquiry.