BUAV investigation uncovers UK researchers carrying out experiments on wild-caught baboons in Kenya


A BUAV investigation
has uncovered the cruel capture and use of wild baboons in Kenya and the involvement of UK researchers travelling to the country to conduct invasive research. Legislation in Kenya relating to animal experiments is outdated and hopelessly inadequate. Wild baboons are captured and held at the Institute of Primate Research (IPR) under conditions which seriously compromise their welfare and breach international guidelines, before being subjected to disturbing experiments by visiting researchers from the University of Newcastle in the UK and elsewhere.

In the UK, using wild-caught primates in research was effectively banned in 1995, yet researchers from the University of Newcastle are bypassing UK law and are travelling to Kenya to use wild-caught baboons in disturbing and highly invasive experiments. This is also in blatant breach of recent guidance by UK funding bodies which requires UK researchers to maintain UK welfare standards when carrying out experiments abroad.

Key concerns raised by the BUAV include:

BUAV Director of Special Projects, Sarah Kite stated: ‘It is a mockery if UK researchers can bypass UK law and use public funds to go overseas to carry out horrific surgery on wild caught primates kept in such appalling conditions. Such practices and conditions would not be allowed in the UK. We urge the UK government to close this unacceptable loophole and for Newcastle University to stop supporting such cruelty and ban its researchers from travelling to Kenya to experiment on baboons.'