Media reaction to the escape of three research baboons, in Sydney, has highlighted the need for greater openness from the Australian biomedical community.
The monkeys, were part of a colony bred for research at a New South Wales government facility in Wallacia, managed by the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA).
Malcolm France, a private consultant on laboratory animal care and management, told The Sydney Morning Herald: “I think we need to get better at talking about it so people can
make up their minds.”
Last year, a survey of Australian and New Zealand vets and technicians who care for animals, used in medical and veterinary research, showed that most believe scientific institutions should be more open about animal use.