Campaign: The monkeys of Mauritius need you! Please help stop their capture, breeding and export for research. Together we can STOP the cruelty.
Read about the BUAV's latest investigation into the slaughter of hundreds of monkeys at the Noveprim primate breeding farm in Mauritius.
The Save Our Monkeys/Sov Nou Zako/Sauvons Nos Singes campaign was launched by the BUAV in Mauritius earlier this year. 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 up to 10,000 monkeys a year to laboratories around the world. It is the world's second largest exporter of monkeys with animals being exported to laboratories in the USA and Europe, in particular the UK, France and Spain. 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.
With the launch of a new travel awareness and advertising campaign, the BUAV calls on tourists to help 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 - Mauritius is one of the world's largest supplies of long-tailed macaques for the research industry. Up to 10,000 monkeys are exported from the island each year, including around 4,000 into the EU (including the UK) and many thousands to the United States.
At the centre of this campaign is an advert highlighting the idyllic side to Mauritius with the byline that monkeys, like the tourists, don't want to leave. The BUAV is running a country-wide billboard advertising campaign in Mauritius through December 2011 to January 2012. Our eye-catching advert appears in key locations across the island attracting the attention of residents and travellers alike. We are calling on people to make their objections to this cruel trade known.
During a recent 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.