A long-tailed macaque kept for use in clinical research (Sakchai Lalit/AP Images)

Phar­ma in­dus­try lob­bies Con­gress for so­lu­tion to pri­mate short­age af­ter in­dict­ments for al­leged smug­gling

The US Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice has been deny­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to im­port non-hu­man pri­mates for the past few weeks, and it’s cre­at­ing a “cri­sis,” the Na­tion­al As­so­ci­a­tion for Bio­med­ical Re­search (NABR) said in a let­ter lob­by­ing Con­gress re­leased this week.

The fed­er­al agency has been deny­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for im­ports, specif­i­cal­ly of the long-tailed macaque, al­so known as the crab-eat­ing macaque, af­ter al­le­ga­tions of smug­gling of the pri­mate from the wilds of Cam­bo­dia in­to the US were made pub­lic in late 2022, STAT re­port­ed.

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