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Trading in Cruelty


BUAV investigators secretly filmed inside monkey holding and breeding farms. They found thousands of monkeys kept in groups, including mothers with babies, imprisoned behind bars on concrete. This unnatural environment, devoid of any trees or foliage, is a complete contrast to the wonderful lush habitat of the forests that surround the monkey farms and is their natural home.

Those wild monkeys not directly exported are kept in the farms for breeding purposes, while their young offspring sold to the research industry.


Primates normally live in closely knit social groups. In the wild, female long-tailed macaques would remain in their family groups for life and males would remain at least until four years of age. Natural weaning is a gradual process. Forcibly separating infants from their mothers is an extremely distressing experience for both. Yet in Mauritius, trapping practices routinely, cruelly rip families apart and on the farms, infants destined to be exported may be taken from their mothers at a young age. It has been reported that infants are separated from their mothers between 8-12 months and face exportation for research as young as 17 months.

Footage obtained from inside one facility shows the extremely stressful methods of capture used by workers. Monkeys, frantic in their attempts to escape, were grabbed and pulled by their tails to capture them from pens and transfer them to small cages prior to export. 

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The trapping fields – The capture of wild monkeys
Export – How many monkeys are sold for research and who transports them
Research – The fate of the monkeys from Mauritius when they reach the laboratories
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