PETA says Air France is the main significant airline to keep on shipping monkeys to labs, despite the alleged disappointment of primate experimentation to discover cures and medical treatments.
A few labs are said to test antiviral medications and antibodies on little macaques in an offer to discover a remedy for the pandemic, which has tainted almost 2m individuals worldwide and killed more than 110,000.
PETA is presently leading a crusade to stop monkey testing as many confined primates are tainted in what it brands “pointless and deadly” tests.
The organization stated: “With the momentum focus on general wellbeing and risky ailments, it’s a higher priority than any time in recent memory that Air France quit delivering primates to research centers. PETA won’t surrender until it does.”
In addition to the fact that PETA claims shipping monkeys is merciless, campaigners state the tests don’t work.
PETA said: “Monkeys are poor models when it comes to studying the effects of coronavirus on humans.
“This has certainly dried up the supply of victims for callous experimenters who now scramble to get their hands on these animals for numerous reasons. We have a hunch that pointless Covid-19–related experiments may be a factor.
“Animals are not tiny humans, and experiments on them have failed dismally in all areas of research. The use of monkeys as models of human infection in SARS and MERS (also coronaviruses) experimentation failed to yield any significant insight into these diseases in humans. It’s unlikely that the situation with Covid-19 will be any different, and we already know the virus isn’t the same in humans as it is in monkeys.
It added: “Using monkeys in laboratories would starve themselves rather than subject their friends to electrocution. In nature, some monkeys lay sticks on the ground indicating to others which trail to follow. These sensitive, intelligent animals need our help now.”
In spite of PETA’s interests monkeys are frequently utilized in drug development studies.
Monkeys are additionally said to be infected with coronavirus in China at the Institute of Laboratory Animal Sciences at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, by embeddings a portion of the germs into the animal’s windpipes. One of the monkeys who then passed of the illness was then dissected.
PETA might want to see a stop to such analyses, contending that they are pitiless as well as ineffectual.
Campaigners refer to an antibody made by Moderna Therapeutics and subsidized by the US government going straightforwardly to clinical preliminaries without animal tests.
PETA stated: “Experimenters attempting to receive funding for pointless animal tests at this stage are taking money away from real scientific work to find worthwhile solutions. No one knows this better than the feds (US Government) , who admit that 95% of new drugs that test safe and effective in animal trials go on to fail in humans.”
Added to this it says there are serious health concerns with bringing in monkeys, who hazard tainting people with a disease like TB, it’s claimed.
PETA says: “The stress of transport has been shown to compromise immune function in monkeys. Depressed immune function can lead to a reactivation of diseases such as tuberculosis, which is known to be prevalent in monkeys exported from China and Southeast Asia.
“Ill monkeys are more likely to transmit pathogens to humans, and they’re more likely to die in transit.
“Whether experimenters are driven by greed or hubris, sending monkeys to laboratories is senseless and wrong.”
In spite of the months’ long push to discover a coronavirus cure, the world is as yet hanging tight for answers.