International pharmaceutical company Novartis have earmarked their laboratory in Horsham, West Sussex, for immediate closure.
Novartis Horsham has confirmed laboratory animals are still housed at the site, although no longer any primates. When Merck, Sharpe Dohme (MSD) were closing a similar facility, in Oss, The Netherlands, all monkeys were released to the Anti-Vivisection Coalition (AVC) for retirement.
We ask Novartis to follow this lead, enter into a retirement scheme and release the former test animals from Horsham for re-homing.
I write to you with regards to Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) laboratory in Horsham, United Kingdom ("Novartis Horsham").
Novartis Horsham is earmarked for permanent closure in the immediate future.
You will also no doubt be aware that the facility has a recent history of housing animals used in research.
In 2011 Merck, Sharp & Dohme (MSD) undertook the closure of their facility in Oss, Netherlands, under similar circumstances. Following discussions, 73 long-tailed macaques were amicably placed into permanent retirement.
I respectfully request Novartis UK follows the same example and releases the animals housed at Horsham for retirement.