NEAVS Helps Tip the Scales on IOM Study
NEAVS testified before the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council of the National Academies of Science during their second public meeting held in August in Washington, D.C. The IOM’s Committee on the use of Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research is charged with evaluating the scientific necessity of chimpanzee research. The National Institutes of Health instructed the Committee not to consider ethics.
During the Public Comment forum, Dr.Theodora Capaldo,NEAVS President, quoted from Nature: “The agency [NIH] may wish to divorce the science from the ethics, but society at large will not accept such a distinction… nor is it intellectually defensible.” Dr. Capaldo’s testimony made it clear that one cannot separate scientific concerns from humane ones, since the well-documented physiological stress chimpanzees and other animals suffer from laboratory confinement and use affects their brains, bodies, and immune systems, having a profound effect on the nature of the data obtained from their use.