Celebrity wildlife heroes Brian May
& Bill Oddie support BUAV’s call for an end to the UK’s
role in cruel monkey trade
Rock guitarist Brian May and TV wildlife expert Bill Oddie have joined the
BUAV in its call on the UK Government to stop supporting the cruel trade
in wild-caught monkeys. Brian May and Bill Oddie joined a host of MPs, primatologists
and other scientists who attended an event at the House of Commons for the
BUAV’s Stop the Baby Trade campaign to end the cruel trade in monkeys
for research. The event was hosted by Leader of the Green Party, Caroline
Lucas MP, with guest speaker, field biologist and conservationist Ian Redmond
OBE. Brian May and Bill Oddie were shocked to learn about the cruelty and
suffering involved in the capture of wild primates. Despite a UK ban on
the import of wild-caught primates since 1997, there is not a similar ban
on their offspring. Since 2009, over 2,000 monkeys born to wild-caught parents
have been imported into the UK. The majority of these came from Mauritius
which is the UK’s main supplier of primates.
May CBE said: “The imprisonment and abuse of wild animals must stop.
BUAV has uncovered evidence of monkeys ripped from their jungle homes and
families, and forced to produce babies who will be shipped to laboratories
around the world. The UK plays a major part in allowing this cruel trade
to continue by importing monkeys from countries such as Mauritius for British
laboratories. On behalf of the Save-Me foundation, I call on the Government
to cut all ties with this cruel trade immediately, and fully support the
BUAV’s campaign to Stop the Baby Trade.”
Oddie OBE said: "To me this issue is not whether or not animals should
ever be used in medical research, it is about the utterly unacceptable and
blatantly cruel conditions in which monkeys are trapped, transported and
kept. I fully support the BUAV’s campaign to Stop the Baby Trade."
Caroline Lucas MP has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM 957) calling on the
Government to completely disassociate the UK from the cruel trade by banning
the use of primates born to wild-caught parents, as well as those from facilities
which trap wild primates for breeding purposes. The EDM has to date been
signed by over 80 MPs.
famous supporters of the campaign include comedian Ricky Gervais and celebrity
designer Meg Mathews.