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Animal Experiments: Primates

Home Department written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Chris Williamson Chris Williamson Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overseas companies, designated as breeding and supply establishments to supply non-human primates to the UK for the purposes of scientific research, use wild populations of primates for breeding purposes.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Of the overseas breeding centres supplying animals to the UK during the past two years we understand that two use wild populations of non-human primates for breeding purposes. Both have policies for reducing dependence on wild-caught animals for future breeding stock at least in relation to the animals likely to be bred and supplied to the United Kingdom.

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