torn from families on paradise isle and used to breed babies for UK lab
dangled upside down by its tail and swung from side to side... a monkey
is sickeningly tormented after being snatched from the wild.
a high-pitched scream the animal is then thrown in a cage and forced to
become a breeding machine – churning out babies to be sold across
the globe for scientific tests. And
thousands are sent to Britain, where the demand from pharmaceutical and
cosmetic companies for animals to use in tests is soaring.
reveal the UK imported more than 2,000 monkeys from Mauritius in the past
year – making snaring an animal from the jungle on the Indian Ocean
isle a lucrative business for hunters.
the Sunday Mirror exposes the cruel ways in which these monkeys are captured
and condemned to a life of suffering. Our
disturbing pictures were obtained by campaigners from the British Union
for the Abolition of Vivisection, which has been working under cover for
a year investigating the trappers in Mauritius.
video shows huntsmen snaring long-tailed macaques – an endangered
species – by laying traps baited with bananas and sugar cane
around the forest where the creatures live.
are filmed cruelly swinging the animals by their tails – leaving many
with injuries and broken limbs.
seeing the shocking footage, leading veterinarian Professor Nedim
Buyukmihci, of the University of California, told the Sunday Mirror: “Catching
and swinging monkeys by the tail is a cruel and inappropriate way to
treat primates. “Handling
could result in injury, including the separation of vertebrae in the
tail, causing considerable pain.”
scenes baby monkeys – some just weeks old – are ripped from
their mothers to be exported to a life of misery. After
being captured they are thrown in lorries and driven to breeding farms,
where hundreds live in over-crowded cages producing babies.
footage obtained from inside one farm shows the distressed monkeys frantically
trying to escape their hell as they let out high-pitched cries.
day, hundreds are rounded up and packed into wooden crates to be flown to
laboratories across the globe, where they are used in agonising live tests
by scientists who pay £260 for each monkey. However,
cruel farm managers in Mauritius spend as little as 5p a day caring
for them – making it a lucrative trade. And
firms in the UK are among their biggest customers.
it is illegal to use monkeys caught from the wild in tests here, labs
are allowed to import their offspring for experiments.
year 2,257 monkeys were imported into Britain from Mauritius. Only
the US bought more. And during 2008/9 more than 5,000 live tests were carried
out on monkeys – a rise of 16 per cent. Tests include horrific experiments
where the animals are pumped with massive amounts of drugs to see how long
they can survive.
of the monkeys are used for toxicology tests on new drugs. The remainder
are used in studies for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease,
Alzheimer’s and Aids.
rights charities are now calling on the Government to end
the cruel trade.
director of special projects Sarah Kite said: “By allowing the importation
of monkeys from Mauritius, the UK is fuelling the cruelty inflicted
on thousands of animals.
trade is morally unacceptable. We call on the Government to ban the importing
of these primates and stop perpetuating this appalling cruelty.”
information, go to http://www.stopthebabytrade.org