The BUAV Save our Monkeys campaign has renewed its call for Mauritius to end the export of long-tailed macaques following the release of latest data that shows over 2,000 monkeys have been exported from Mauritius for animal experiments during the first six months of 2013.
According to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Agro-Industry, Mauritius, 2,342 long-tailed macaques have so far been exported to countries around the world, including the UK, the USA, France, Spain and Germany. Mauritius is the world’s second largest exporter of long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) for the research industry, exporting many thousands of animals each year.
Thanks to the efforts of the BUAV, there is growing national and international awareness and concern regarding the exploitation of primates in Mauritius. The BUAV campaign has received support from leading religious and socio-cultural groups in Mauritius, politicians, celebrities, and also from prominent Indian politician, animal and environment campaigner, Maneka Gandhi.
Over 24,000 people have now signed the global Avaaz petition to the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Dr. The Honourable Navinchandra Ramgoolam, calling for an end to the trade in primates for research.
The BUAV Save our Monkeys Campaign is also raising concerns with politicians and the public about the Pre-Clinical Research Bill that is due to be presented to the Mauritius Parliament. The introduction of the Pre-Clinical Research Bill - with the establishment of experimentation facilities in the country - will inflict even further suffering on the country’s primate population, which is likely to be the main species used in research.
Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of the BUAV stated: 'We appeal to the people of Mauritius to support our call to end the appalling cruelty and suffering inflicted on the country's population of primates. We urge everyone to do their part by signing our global petition at Saveourmonkeys.mu.'