The Save Our Monkeys Mauritius campaign is appealing to the international Hindu community to end the trade in monkeys for research in Mauritius. The appeal coincides with the international release of a powerful new song sung in Hindi calling on Hindus who worship the monkey god, Lord Hanuman, to speak out for the
exploited monkeys in Mauritius. Hanuman is one of the most popular idols in the Hindu religion and is worshipped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion.
The song, entitled Vaanaron Ka Udhaar (Save the Monkeys) along with the music and arrangement, was composed by Anand Nithoo and is sung by Paras Deshmukh. It asks why the Hindu community can continue to worship and pray to Hanuman when such terrible cruelty and suffering is being inflicted on the monkey population in Mauritius.
With the relaunch of the BUAV's travel awareness and advertising campaign, we are calling upon tourists to help save the monkeys of Mauritius.
The island of Mauritius is a tropical paradise, rich in lush foliage and surrounded by coral reefs. It is a top holiday destination for families, sun-seekers and honeymooners alike. Yet most are unaware that there is a dark secret to this paradise island - Mauritius is one of the world's largest suppliers of long-tailed macaques for the research industry. Thousands of monkeys are exported from the island each year, including around 4,000 into the EU (predominantly UK, France, Spain and Germany) and many thousands to the United States.
At the centre of this campaign is the advert below highlighting the idyllic side to Mauritius with the byline that monkeys, like the tourists, don't want to leave. We are calling on people to make their objections to this cruel trade known. See how you can take action for the monkeys of Mauritius at the bottom of this page.
During an investigation on Mauritius, the BUAV exposed the terrible plight of these monkeys who are exported to laboratories around the world. We uncovered a shocking industry that inflicts great cruelty and suffering - one which rips families apart, imprisons some for life as breeding 'machines' and sends others overseas on airlines such as Air France, to suffer and die in cruel experiments.
The Save Our Monkeys/Sov Nou Zako/Sauvons Nos Singes campaign was launched by the BUAV in Mauritius in 2012. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the plight of the long-tailed macaque in Mauritius and urges the people of Mauritius to support the BUAV’s efforts to stop the cruel trade and export of monkeys around the world for use in experiments.
Many people are unaware that Mauritius exports over 6,000 monkeys each year to laboratories around the world. It is one of the world's largest exporters of monkeys for the research industry. Wild monkeys are torn from their jungle homes and families and are imprisoned behind bars on concrete in large farms in Mauritius where they spend their lives producing babies for the research industry. The infants are then taken away from their mothers at a young age and are later exported in small crates as cargo on airlines destined for laboratories across the world where they will inevitably suffer and die.