After a three-year PETA India campaign, one of India's top medical schools, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), has agreed to let six monkeys retire to live out the rest of their lives in a sanctuary. The monkeys have been confined to tiny, filthy wire cages in AIIMS' laboratory for up to a decade.
An undercover investigation of AIIMS showed that animals were incarcerated in barren wire cages, suffering from health problems, not receiving adequate medical treatment, and being taunted by employees.
PETA India's campaign received an outpouring of high-profile support from the likes of Pamela Anderson, Indian celebrities Cyrus Broacha and Celina Jaitly, and former Indian health minister Shatrughan Sinha.
AIIMS has also informed PETA that it is considering retiring even more monkeys. In the meantime, the remaining monkeys have been moved to more spacious runs and group housing, and AIIMS has halted all experiments on monkeys until it improves conditions further. PETA India has offered to work with AIIMS to implement more animal welfare improvements and to explore modern testing methods in order to replace all experiments on animals.
Written by Michelle Sherrow