No more balancing of interests
Non-human primates are our closest relatives. We have taken them out of their natural environment and into our society. It is therefore our duty to ensure that we take their needs into account. But their legal protection is insufficient today, as the core of their interests in life and in physical and mental integrity is not protected. Thus, through a so-called ‘balancing of interests’, even the worst experiments and husbandry methods can still be approved.
Primates suffer just like us
There is no question today that non-human primates—just like us humans—are highly sentient creatures. They are genetically very close to us, have a highly developed central nervous system, and have similar neuron and brain structures. Non-human primates also have a fundamental need to remain physically and mentally intact.
They have a complex emotional world
Primates possess a high level of social intelligence, the emergence and development of which can be attributed in particular to the demands of their complex social lives. For example, primates grieve for deceased acquaintances and feel empathy toward other mammals.
The time is now!
The initiative acknowledges the scientific knowledge about our closest relatives and recognizes the signs of the times. By finally enshrining the protection of non-human primates in the constitution, we prevent much suffering—today and in the future.