Abstract # 2951 Event # 128:

Scheduled for Saturday, June 19, 2010 08:00 AM-09:30 AM: Session 21 (Mezzanine Ballroom A/B/C/D) Roundtable


LABORATORY PRIMATE RETIREMENT: WHAT ALTERNATIVES EXIST?

J. Erwin1 and A. Bennett2
1Virginia Tech, 4139 Gem Bridge Road, Needmore, PA 17238, USA, 2Wake Forest University
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When laboratory primates are no longer supportable under funded projects, what should happen to those individuals? Some are humanely euthanatized. Others are relocated to other programs, retirement facilities, or sanctuaries. Various alternatives are described here and are discussed, along with factors to be considered regarding disposition of research primates. Policy proposals are offered, including the following: (1) that primates protected under animal welfare statutes, such as The Animal Welfare Act, should not be sent to any situation with less stringent legal protection or less adequate health care; (2) that situations are to be preferred in which monitoring of health and behavior can be continued within the context of existing records of experimental and health histories; (3) that situations should be avoided in which the animals are to be used in propaganda campaigns against appropriately conducted scientific research; (4) that retirement facilities should be selected that are licensed and accredited by credible organizations (e.g., AAALAC or AZA); and (5) that the animals be housed socially in spacious quarters and be involved, if possible, in productive noninvasive or minimally invasive studies of aging or other topics, and that efforts be made to distribute post-mortem tissues for additional scientific study. The organizers will describe some of the kinds of facilities that exist, and the ways in which those facilities advance, or fail to advance, the proposed goals.