Sometime after writing the page on animal testing I read in the British newspaper “The Independent”, (22nd July 2009) that testing on animals has increased but testing on apes is still banned in the UK. Macaques are the main group suffering for this testing which has risen from a low in about 2001 of about 2.6 million in the UK alone. It has peaked, (in 2009), at about 3.6 million. This sadly is at a time when the respected journal New Scientist declared on the front of its 6th June 2009 edition that virtual humans should be reducing the use of animals. It feels like someone somewhere does not care or is ‘not bothered’.
There have been disastrous tests on humans even after primate testing such as the one at Northwick Park Hospital in 2006.