11 Oct '11, 7pm

Macaque monkeys on Mauritius, a sad monkey's tale | Conservation | The Earth Times

Macaque monkeys on Mauritius, a sad monkey's tale | Conservation | The Earth Times

The problem uncovered by BUAV is the distress these animals suffer in transit, when captured and also their fate (as wild monkeys). The British Union Against Vivisection has been active for a commendable 100 years and more, raising our awareness on issues that should horrify us all. Around 10,000 monkeys a year are exported from Mauritius for prices up to £2600 each. Interestingly, the population has been assessed by some at 35,000. That is presumed to be an estimate. They are trapped in large cages baited with sugar cane and bananas near to their forest home. Usually they are then transported by Air France mainly to the USA or most European countries, often to "monkey farms" which need to increase breeding stock according to the BUAV. Covance are allegedly one of the main importers in the US, based in New Jersey, but with labs in 60 countries; Charles River Labs., based i...

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