The BUAV asks Mauritian Government to stop cruel primate trade as statistics show thousands shipped to laboratories overseas

29/08/2014

The BUAV can reveal that latest figures reported by the Ministry of Agro Industry show  between January and June this year 4,918 macaques were exported from the island to laboratories around the world. This is 2,126 more than for the same period in 2013.

Mauritius is one of the world’s largest suppliers of primates for the international research industry. Across the island, there are numerous primate holding and breeding facilities, containing many thousands of monkeys. Monkeys have been captured from the wild and imprisoned in these farms, where they are used as breeding 'machines' to produce offspring who will be transported to laboratories around the world.

The BUAV’s Save Our Monkeys campaign has been successful in raising awareness and support within Mauritius and internationally regarding the cruelty of the Mauritius monkey trade. Its current tourism awareness campaign is highlighting to potential travellers exactly what happens to monkeys on the island.

Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of the BUAV stated: “It is saddening to think of the many thousands of monkeys enduring the terrifying journey of being transported thousands of miles away from home,  to suffer at the hands of the research industry. We call once again on the Mauritian Government to end this cruel trade and allow the monkeys of Mauritius to be left in peace to live a free live in the wild.”

Join our call today and help us stop the Mauritius monkey trade.

Please sign our petition calling upon the Prime Minister of Mauritius to stop the suffering being inflicted on the monkeys of Mauritius by ending the country’s cruel primate trade: http://bit.ly/StopTheTrade