National Anti-vivisection Society


National Antivisection Society

Statement on neuroscience experiments on non-human primates

Posted: 28 April 2017

Published September 2016

We, the undersigned, are concerned at the level of suffering involved in many neuroscience experiments on non-human primates, especially where fluid deprivation and movement restraint is involved, and believe that there has now been sufficient progress in human-based alternatives to call into serious question whether further research of this type is necessary.

We note the recent research in this area published in ATLA [Bailey J & Taylor K.] (2016). Non-human Primates in Neuroscience Research: The Case Against its Scientific Necessity. ATLA 44, 43-69]. We therefore call on bodies responsible for the funding and licencing of this type of research to review their policies and specifically to end support for experiments involving deprivation of fluids and movement restraint.


  • Sir David Attenborough, broadcaster and naturalist
  • Simon Bearder, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Department of Anthropology, Oxford Brookes University
  • Marc Bekoff, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado
  • Nedim C. Buyukmihci, VMD, Emeritus Professor, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
  • Herbert H. Covert, PhD, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Paul Furlong, PhD, Professor of Clinical Neuroimaging, Director, Aston Brain Centre, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University
  • John P. Gluck, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico; Research Professor Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University
  • Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE - Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace
  • Colin Groves, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Bioanthropology, Australian National University
  • Eleonora Gullone, PhD, Affiliate Associate Professor, Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology, Monash University
  • Stevan Harnad, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Southampton
  • Catherine Hobaiter, PhD, Lecturer, School of Psychology and Neuroscience, St Andrews University
  • Jessica A. Mayhew, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology & Museum Studies and Primate Behavior & Ecology Program, Central Washington University
  • Dr Monika Merkes, PhD, (Public Health) Honorary Associate, Australian Institute for Primary Care & Ageing, La Trobe University
  • Anna Nekaris, PhD, Professor in Anthropology and Course Leader, MSc Primate Conservation, Oxford Brookes University
  • Hugh Notman, PhD, Associate Dean, Learning Technologies & Associate Professor, Anthropology, Biological, Athabasca University
  • Ian Redmond, OBE, Field biologist and conservationist, Ambassador, UNEP Convention on Migratory Species, former Envoy for UN-GRASP
  • Vernon Reynolds, PhD, Emeritus Professor, School of Anthropology, Oxford University and Founder of the Budongo Conservation Field Station, Uganda
  • Lori K. Sheeran, PhD, Professor, Department of Anthropology & Museum Studies and Primate Behavior & Ecology Program, Central Washington University
  • Jo Thompson, PhD, Executive Director, Lukuru Foundation, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Richard Wrangham, PhD, Ruth B. Moore Professor and Chair of Biological Anthropology, Harvard University

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