Image kindly provided by BUAV/CFIAustralia is already home to three government-funded facilities where primates are bred specifically for research – macaques and marmosets in Churchill, Victoria and baboons in Wallacia, NSW. Yet despite this "ready supply", eleven permits have been granted since 2000, to import primates into Australia for research.  

Data obtained from CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species - to which Australia is a signatory), has shown that between 2000-2015, Australia has imported: 

Humane Research Australia has campaigned against this cruel trade for many years.

In 2011, Labor MP Mike Symon presented a petition of over 10,000 signatures to the House of Representatives calling for a ban on the importation of primates for research. A further 4,000 petitions were submitted in January 2016.

In November 2012, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon introduced a private members bill to the Senate. HRA was invited to attend their media conference.

In November 2015 the bill was re-presented and has been referred to inquiry by the Senate Environment and Communications Committee.

We need you to add your voice in support of this important bill!

Primates are already subjected to highly invasive experiments. Long distance transportation adds even further stress and suffering of these sentient and highly cognitive animals. This is our chance to convince the Australian government to end the trade.

Please make a submission on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Live Imports of Primates for Research) Bill 2015.

Submissions close: 18 January 2016 - However the committee has confirmed they are accepting late submissions

The following steps will assist you in making a submission (for which there is no prescribed format):

1. Prepare your submission in a Word document. Note that your name will be published but not contact details. You also have the option of lodging anonymously. It is important that your submission is written in your own words – even if it's a brief sentence or two. You can check our campaign page Monkey Madness for information to help you.

2. To enable you to lodge a submission you first need to create a 'My Parliament log in" at https://www.aph.gov.au/Help/Register and accept the email that is sent to you.

3. Then, go to the 'Make a Submission' page http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/OnlineSubmission, login, and upload your submission.

Thank you so much for your support!