VICE News gets unprecedented access to Europe’s biggest primate testing facility, the Biomedical Primate Research Center (BPRC) in the Netherlands. There researchers attempt to discover cures for the worst human infections, while asserting to give unparalleled consideration to the monkeys in the hopes they carry on with the most well disposed life before and amid testing.
Once chosen, inside the labs, monkeys are shaved, anesthetized, and probed for examination purposes.
Yet what goes on inside the laboratory remains controversial. Protestors assemble consistently before its doors and there are some outspoken members of the Dutch parliament who demand the BPRC site be closed and the medial community switch to options for testing on primates.
In any case, as the BPRC discloses to VICE News, current science isn’t there yet. Meanwhile, regardless the lab still utilizes around 200 monkeys a year for a large number of investigations to discover cures, and even substitutions for primate testing later on. This excellent video objectively presents both sides of the controversy surrounding animal testing and demonstrates that necessity of using animals for medical research.