Wild monkeys sustain broken limbs from commercial trapping in island
this Nov. 3, 2009 photo released Sept. 21, 2010 by the British Union for
the Abolition of Vivisection, BUAV an injured wild monkey is seen in Mauritius.
A new report "Mauritius: The trade in primates for research" released
to The Associated Press on Tuesday Sept. 21, 2010 says that wild, long-tailed
monkeys sustain broken limbs and other injuries when trappers catch the
primates and transfer them to breeding farms on the island nation of Mauritius.
Mauritius has four major breeding farms and a fifth farm is to be opened
soon, evidence that the trade is expanding, said the report by BUAV _ the
British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection _ which calls itself the
world's leading organization campaigning to end animal experiments. (AP
Photo/British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, HO)
Kenya - Wild long-tailed monkeys sustain broken limbs and other injuries
when trappers catch the primates and transfer them to breeding farms on
the island nation of Mauritius, said a new report released Tuesday.
in the report showed handlers swinging monkeys by the tail and monkeys confined
to small, rusty metal cages.
Indian Ocean island nation has four major breeding farms and a fifth farm
is to be opened soon, evidence that the trade is expanding, said the report
by BUAV — the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection —
which calls itself the world's leading organization campaigning to end animal
are highly social and intelligent animals with strong family ties. Their
brutal capture from the wild and forced captivity in Mauritius is morally
unacceptable," said the BUAV's Sarah Kite. "We call on the government
of Mauritius to put an end to this brutal trade and for the USA, European
Union and Israel to ban primate imports and stop perpetuating this appalling
Associated Press contacted several government offices in the nation off
Africa's southeastern coast to seek comment on the report. When AP asked
a question of an official in the Ministry of Agro Industry and Fisheries,
which oversees wildlife, the official hung up. Another official said government
employees are not permitted to talk to journalists.
report, "Mauritius: The trade in primates for research," said
Mauritius justifies the catching of wild monkeys on the grounds that the
long-tailed macaque is not native, is a pest and is not deserving of conservation
United States is the largest importer of primates from Mauritius, the report
said. In 2009, 3,179 long-tailed macaques were imported into the U.S., including
investigators found that a trapper kept one young male in a small, bare
animal was clearly terrified, yet the trapper routinely removed him from
the cage and tormented him by picking him up and swinging him around in
the air by the tail," the report said. "This particular primate
also had injuries to his forehead."
primates are exported for research purposes and to breeding farms overseas,
including in Spain, Israel and Puerto Rico, the report said.
report said that primates are intelligent and highly involved animals who
share many characteristics with humans.