In July 2015, Dr Anne Vonesch, vice-president of Alsace Nature and member of the European Bureau for the Environment, entrusted the “Niederhausbergen” file to Sylvia Hecker, vice-president of the Pro Anima Scientific Committee.
Quickly, different associations joined Pro Anima to form a motivated and supportive group.
Anima has collaborated with many French associations : Animalsace, Code Animal, Fight for Monkeys, International Campaigns, Animal testing, 269Life, Animalise, or even RAO Reporters or even RAO Reporters and Antidode Europe ;
In addition to this association, there are dozens of our scientific referents, national and European elected officials, several members of the Board of Directors of the University of Strasbourg ; the national police, general information or the Mundolsheim gendarmerie on which the municipality of Niederhausbergen depends ;
Without forgetting the support of personalities, such as Matthieu Ricard, Aymeric Caron, Anny Duperey ;
And the Huglo-Lepage law firm with which we work and which only defends media and media cases.
This file concerns the trade in primates from the University of Strasbourg and transiting through the Primatology Center of Niederhausbergen.
In 2009, UNISTRA (University of Strasbourg) won the call for national projects for the first interministerial fund of 1.7 million euros, enabling it to create ADUEIS, which has since been dissolved. The primate trade is reinstated at the University of Strasbourg.
The endowment from the call for projects makes it possible to finance new facilities on the Fort Foch estate in Niederhausbergen to accommodate primates (initially dedicated mainly to ethology).
According to various prefectural authorizations, the center went from 400 to 800 and then to 1600 animals, of which only 150 are for research in ethology.
The SILABE brand is registered and constitutes a service platform of the University of Strasbourg.
These animals, which come mainly from Mauritius, are bought for €10 per kg and resold for €5,000 per primate to European pharmaceutical companies such as Covance, Hoffmann Laroche, Servier, Novartis, etc.
In addition to this trade, cruel and empirical practices are carried out on these primates (observation conditions and experiments : stress, confinement and isolation, life outside the natural environment, artificially inoculated diseases, heavy procedures and traumas)
The suffering of laboratory animals is not limited to experiments. It begins well upstream, with the capture and transport of animals from their production farms to laboratories, as reported by the damning investigation of the Animal Testing association : transport time, promiscuity with other species, confinement…
With the help of our lawyers, the issue is the closure of the Niederhausbergen Primatology Center and the cessation of a lucrative traffic.