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Torn from the Wild

Torn From The Wild

Exposed: Shocking never-seen-before footage of the trapping of wild monkeys in Cambodia destined for factory farms supplying the international research industry.


In 2008, the BUAV investigated and exposed the appalling cruelty and suffering that tens of thousands of macaques are forced to endure in Cambodia, the latest country to embark on the factory farming of monkeys for the international research industry.

The findings of our investigation raise major concerns regarding animal welfare and reveal a disturbing picture of cruelty and suffering that has been inflicted on Cambodia’s indigenous population of long- tailed macaques during the trapping and holding of these wild primates and the care of those kept in captivity at breeding and supplying facilities.

Our findings show that the methods used to trap wild monkeys and the conditions in which these and other monkeys were kept at primate supply companies failed to meet guidelines of the International Primatological Society’s International Guidelines for the Acquisition, Care and Breeding of Nonhuman Primates.

Issues of Conservation

The BUAV investigation also raises concerns about the conservation status of the long-tailed macaque in Cambodia and the effect which the current trade has on it. Macaques are listed in Appendix II of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List, the status of the macaque is at ‘lower risk near threatened.’

The species is already vulnerable to habitat loss in Southeast Asia through deforestation and human encroachment. Any trade in these primates is likely further to exacerbate the conservation status of the species. Despite this, the Cambodian Government has, over recent years, allowed what appears to have been a largely unregulated trade in macaques, and is evidently keen to see the trade expand yet further.

There has been indiscriminate and widespread trapping of wild monkeys to establish the numerous breeding and supply farms. Despite the establishment of captive breeding, our investigation has shown that monkeys are still being taken from the wild in large numbers to replenish breeding stock.