Stop This Horrific & Cruel Trade


by Ricky Gervais

I am shocked by the findings of the BUAV's investigations into the trade in monkeys for research. This is a horrific market which inflicts great cruelty on our primate cousins. Monkeys, torn from their families and homes, are imprisoned in farms to produce babies to feed the research industry.

These animals are kept behind bars on concrete and are deprived of the green foli-age of their jungle homes. Their babies are snatched away at just a few months old. Taking infants from their mothers is incredibly cruel. The distress they must feel is unimaginable. In the wild, monkeys usually stay with their family group for many years, sometimes for life. These sensitive young animals are later sent around the world to laboratories. Handled like cargo, they are stuck in wooden crates and shipped in the holds of airlines as if they were luggage.

At the end of this nightmare journey they are destined to spend their lives in a metal laboratory cage thousands of miles away from their families and subjected to cruel experiments. I think this is a disgusting way to treat other primates. Monkeys are highly intelligent and social beings who feel pain and distress, just like us. They do not deserve to suffer like this.

Please support the BUAV to end this shameful cruelty. We must stop the baby trade. Ricky Gervais is backing the BUAV campaign to stop the cruel trade in baby monkeys.


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