Monkeys who spent their entire life inside of a laboratory being used in research described as “shameful,” have been freed. According to the Gainesville Sun, 26 monkeys were recently relocated to a Florida sanctuary to live out the remainder of their lives.
Before being relocated to the Gainesville’s Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, the squirrel monkeys lived in cages at a laboratory where they were subjected to testing for nicotine addiction research. Primatologist Jane Goodall called the research “cruel and unnecessary,” as well as “shameful,” given the fact that most everyone already knows the impact of smoking on humans. In 2017, Goodall voiced her opinion to the Food and Drug Administration, writing:
“To continue performing nicotine experiments on monkeys when the results of smoking are well-known in humans — whose smoking habits can be studied directly — is shameful.”
Life after the lab
Days of living in a cage and being subjected to unnecessary research are over for the 26 primates. This spring, the monkeys will be living in outdoor enclosures that are set up to resemble a natural habitat. Until that time, they are being introduced to new foods and experiences as they adapt to life outside of a research lab, without nicotine.
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