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21 - 08 - 2018

Towards self-sufficient primate breeding facilities

The Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) has issued recommendations to facilitate the development of primate breeding facilities without the addition of external staff.

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The Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA), has just published a statement on primate breeding for research, and in particular on the objective of breeding without external added staff (self sustaining colony or SSC), an objective set in Article 10 paragraph 1 of the EU Directive 2010/63.

FELASA recalls that primates are sensitive animals that remain essential models for research, and encourage high ethical and scientific standardsfor  their breeding.

Regarding the absence of added animals in a SSC, FELASA published in July 2018 recommendations on some aspects of breeding strategies.

If animals are introduced into a SSC for example to maintain genetic diversity, these animals will have to come from another SSC of equivalent health status.

FELASA recalls the principles that lead to the creation of a SSC:

               
- lockdown of the breeding facility without introduction of captured animals  for 5 years

               
- possibility of introducing animals from other closed breeding facilities and offsprings of captured animals (F1 generation)

               
- possibility to use F1 generation animals in research during the 5-year period

               
- no captured animals may be used without scientific justification

These principles imply:

               
- the preservation in these breeding facilities of a sufficient number of young F1 animals for breeding

               
- the adoption of ethical population management strategies that take into account gender and age imbalances during the 5-year period

               
- the encouragement to develop transition programs in closed colonies.

 


http://www.felasa.eu/policy-documents/statement-on-non-human-primates/