About Free Davis Primates

#FreeDavisPrimates is a local, peaceful group in Davis, CA that aims to raise awareness about and end the unnecessary/painful testing that goes on at the UC Davis National Primate Research Center. Free Davis Primates hosts peaceful, local demonstrations to raise awareness about the primates in our town.

Let’s use our voices for the voiceless and improve the lives for these beautiful, social, intelligent creatures.

Use the hashtag #freedavisprimates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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UC Davis’ Primate Research Center

UC Davis’s Primate Lab, the California National Primate Research Center (NPRC), houses over 4,500 primates. Although the Primate Center’s experiments are funded by our tax dollars, most Davis residents aren’t aware that there is a primate center in our town. Contrary to popular belief, the experiments these primates undergo do NOT focus on the diseases most Americans are diagnosed with and die from. Projects that study alcohol and drug addiction, brain-mapping, and smoke inhalation on primates far outnumber studies involving heart disease or cancer.

Repeated animal negligence citations from USDA, millions of  federal tax dollars are spent annually, experiments on pregnant and infant primates.

  • Did you know that UC Davis experiments on thousands of baby, pregnant and elderly primates?
  • Did you know they have a smoke inhalation lab where they pump tobacco smoke into their lungs?
  • Did you know that UC Davis has repeat negligence citations from the USDA including accidental monkey deaths and 50 monkeys ESCAPING from the facility in 2011, posing a health threat to our entire community?
  • Did you know that millions of our tax dollars are used on these experiments annually?
  • UC Davis: it’s our turn to end the exploitation of one of our closest relatives and close the primate lab, just like Harvard University has closed their primate lab.


Viv·i·sec·tion, noun:

The activity or practice of doing scientific or medical experiments on live animals

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“There will come a time when the world will look back to modern vivisection in the name of Science, as they do now to burning people at the stake in the name of religion.” – Henry J. Bigelow, MD

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