The BUAV is delighted by the support from a number of celebrities for the Save Our Monkeys campaign, to end the trade in primates for experiments from Mauritius. Alexandre Martin or Big B, Didier Clarel, Nitish Joganah, Nitin Ganatra and Charlotte Holmes, were concerned to learn about the cruel trade, and have all signed the Save Our Monkeys pledge.
Didier Clarel, Alexandre Martin (Big B), Nitish Joganah
The celebrities were attending the Annual Mauritian Open Air Festival in London on the 26th August. The BUAV Save our Monkeys campaign team was also present to raise awareness ofthe trade in primates for research from Mauritius.
Nitin Ganatra and Charlotte Holmes
Top Mauritian artist and comedian, Big B, from the Mauritian show Komiko, made an impassioned plea for people to support the BUAV campaign:
“I, Big B would like to pass on a message worldwide, to all the people of Mauritius that I am supporting the BUAV for its initiative to protect animals and especially to protect the monkeys of Mauritius to prevent them from enduring atrocities in laboratories. I would like to congratulate them for this initiative and I would like to ask everyone to support the BUAV campaign – thank you.”
Other celebrities who pledged their support to the BUAV campaign included Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and BBC soap-opera star Nitin Ganatra, Charlotte Holmes - winner of Miss England 2012 (and Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority Ambassador), as well as popular Mauritian singer-songwriters Nitish Joganah and Didier Clarel.
These celebrities are the latest to sign up to a statement of concern about the monkey trade. At a news conference in Mauritius in June, the BUAV announced the support of many of the leading religious and socio-cultural groups for our campaign to raise awareness about the trade.
The BUAV received tremendous support from the Mauritian community at the biggest Mauritian festival in Europe. Most festival goers were unaware of the Mauritian industry that traps monkeys from the wild and takes young monkeys from their mothers to be later exported in their thousands to laboratories in the USA and Europe where they suffer in cruel experiments.
Many Mauritians gave their support to the BUAV campaign by signing the Save Our Monkeys pledge, available at www.SaveOurMonkeys.mu.