Reports and resources
RSPCA response to the Bateson Report (2011) (PDF 466KB)
We responded to the publication of the Bateson Report - which examined research projects involving primate experiments carried out with financial support from the Medical Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, or the Wellcome Trust, between 1997 and 2006.
Special protection for primates - the need for faster progress (2010) (PDF 206KB) Paper given by Dr Maggy Jennings OBE as an invited speaker at the 7th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences (2008).
Refinements in husbandry, care and common procedures for non-human primates (2009) (PDF 510KB) - a JWGR report
Practical guidance aimed at facilitating understanding of the physical, social and behavioural characteristics and needs of individual primates and minimising the adverse effects of some common procedures.
RSPCA response to a public consultation on 'Working Mandate' on the need for non-human primates in research (2008) (PDF 27KB)
As part of the process of revising European Directive 86/609, the European Commission - Environment Directorate General (DG ENV) asked the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) for advice on the use of non-human primates in research. SCHER subsequently issued a call for evidence - to which we responded (on behalf of Eurogroup for Animals).
RSPCA response to the Weatherall Report (2007) (PDF 69KB)
In July 2007, we formally responded to the publication of the Weatherall Committee’s final report (also see below).
RSPCA submission to the Weatherall Committee (2005) (PDF 41KB)
Our concerns about primate use were comprehensively set out in written evidence to a working group established to review the validity and possible future uses of primates in research. The Weatherall Committee had been set up in 2005 by the Academy of Medical Sciences, Medical Research Council, The Royal Society and Wellcome Trust.