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BUAV calls for an end to the Mauritius monkey slaughter


A BUAV investigation has uncovered the appalling slaughter of hundreds of monkeys at the Noveprim primate breeding farm in Mauritius. Shocking images show discarded dead monkeys stacked in piles on the floor or dumped in bins like garbage. Other images show mutilated bodies in a skip awaiting incineration.

Read about our investigation in the Sunday Mirror.

This barbaric slaughter is set to continue throughout October and November, allegedly because overseas laboratories are requesting primates weighing less than 3.5kg. The majority of monkeys being killed are adult males weighing over 4kg although the BUAV has learned that Noveprim is also killing pregnant females and baby monkeys because the farm no longer has a use for these animals. The killing of these highly sensitive, intelligent animals is totally unacceptable. 

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Noveprim is a major exporter of monkeys to the UK, Spain and the USA. The company is approved by the UK Home Office to supply monkeys to UK laboratories. Another close connection with the UK is that Covance Laboratories Ltd, the contract testing facility in Harrogate, is the second largest shareholder in Noveprim.   

Ironically, a Noveprim mission statement states the company will “Provide professional health care to the monkeys, ensure their welfare and treat them with respect in line with the AAALAC recommendations.” The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, or AAALAC-International, is due to visit Noveprim in November.   

The BUAV has also learned that despite this slaughter, Noveprim continues to have traps for wild monkeys.

We are calling upon the Prime Minister of Mauritius to take immediate action to halt these killings and for the monkeys to be released back into the wild where they belong to live out the rest of their lives freely. We are also calling on the UK Government to ban the import of monkeys from Mauritius. 

Sarah Kite, BUAV’s Director of Special Projects stated: 

"This is a cruel and senseless slaughter. It is unacceptable that monkeys who have been exploited for years are now simply discarded because they are of no further use to this company. These monkeys should be released into the wild so that they can live out the rest of their lives freely. By importing monkeys from this company, the UK is perpetuating this appalling cruelty. The BUAV calls on the UK Government to ban the import of primates from Mauritius immediately."

A major investigation carried out by the BUAV in September 2010 obtained shocking evidence of the cruelty and suffering involved in the trapping and breeding of the wild monkeys on the island. Since then, the BUAV has launched a campaign, Sov Nou Zako (Save Our Monkeys), to raise awareness and unify support on Mauritius and around the world. Leading religious and socio-cultural groups and individuals are now supporting the BUAV’s efforts to raise concerns about this trade, and concerns have been expressed from around the world, including Members of the UK Parliament. 

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Please help us stop this slaughter by writing to:


1. Write to the Prime Minister of Mauritius urging him to stop the slaughter:

Dr. The Honourable Navinchandra Ramgoolam. Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius, New Treasury Building, Intendance Street, Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius



2. Write to Mauritius High Commission in the UK calling for the slaughter to stop: 

His Excellency Mr Abhimanu Kundasamy, Mauritius High Commission, 32-33 Elvaston Place, London  SW7 5NW. Email:

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3. Write to the UK Home Office calling for a ban on the import of monkeys from Mauritius:

Lord Taylor of Holbeach, Parliamentary Under- Secretary of State, Home Office, Direct Communications Unit, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF