Save our Monkeys has today spoken out against the use of primates in research and the pending Pre-Clinical Research Bill following a presentation that took place in Port Louis by the Mauritius CynoBreeders Association (CBA), an association of the main monkey breeding companies.
In the coming weeks, a Pre-Clinical Research Bill is due to be presented to the Mauritius Parliament, which aims to promote the use of animals in preclinical research. The introduction of such a bill, with the establishment of experimentation facilities in the country, will inflict suffering and misery on sentient animals; in particular the country’s native population of long-tailed macaque, which we understand will likely be the main species used in the research facilities. The BUAV is campaigning to raise awareness amongst politicians and the public of this new threat to the primates of Mauritius.
Non-human primates are intelligent and highly evolved animals with complex behavioural and social needs. In addition to the ethical objections regarding their use in research, there are also strong scientific arguments. Because of biological differences between humans and other species, as well as the unnatural conditions in which the animals must live, the results of such research cannot be safely and reliably extrapolated to humans.
Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, stated: ‘There is already growing national and international awareness and concern surrounding the breeding and exportation of long-tailed macaques from Mauritius - the world’s second largest exporter of primates for research. The establishment of primate testing facilities in Mauritius will simply encourage further use of these animals. We urge Mauritius not to allow itself to be part of an industry that inflicts such great pain and suffering on non-human primates.’
‘If the pre-clinical research bill is implemented, this will not only mean the infliction of additional suffering on the primates in Mauritius as they will now be subjected to research and testing, it will also reflect negatively and will have a detrimental impact on Mauritius’s image abroad.’
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