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PACE (People Against Chimpanzee Experiments) merges with the BUAV

01/02/2011

We are delighted to announce that PACE has merged with the BUAV pooling our expertise and passion to campaign internationally to end the use of great apes and other non-human primates in research. Former PACE Director, Janie Reynolds, is now Great Ape Advisor at the BUAV.

PACE, a UK-based group, was set up 20 years ago by Janie Reynolds and her father, Professor Vernon Reynolds. It was founded with two key objectives: to make experiments on great apes illegal in the EU and to close down Europe’s last remaining medical laboratory using chimpanzees – the Biomedical Primate Research Centre (BPRC) in the Netherlands. During its first 10 years, PACE exposed disturbing images taken inside the BPRC chimpanzee laboratory which provoked public, scientific and media outrage in the UK and Holland. It also produced an in-depth report questioning the scientific validity of the experiments taking place at the BPRC at that time and presenting the ethical case against the use of chimpanzees as biomedical research subjects. 

In 1999, PACE formed a coalition of groups named CEECE (Coalition to End Experiments on Chimpanzees in Europe), of which the BUAV was a member. Following a successful campaign and intensive lobbying, in 2002 the Dutch government passed legislation banning the use of chimpanzees in medical research and condemning the last chimpanzee research centre in Europe to closure.

More recently, PACE joined other animal groups, including the BUAV, during the revision of the European Union’s animal experimentation Directive 86/609 to lobby for an EU ban on the use of great apes in medical research. A partial victory resulted in a ban on the use of great apes except under exceptional circumstances. 

PACE has enjoyed success and a high profile over the years – with supporters including Dr Jane Goodall, Dr Desmond Morris and Sir David Attenborough.

PACE has now merged with the BUAV and together we will pool our expertise and passion to campaign internationally to end the use of great apes and other non-human primates in research. We will monitor the use of great apes internationally and work closely with our partners in the USA, the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), as part of their Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in US Laboratories. NEAVS is pushing for a US Great Ape Protection Act which would prohibit the use of great apes in US medical research.