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Maneka Gandhi supports BUAV campaign to end the trade in primates from Mauritius

14/11/2012

The BUAV is delighted to announce the support of prominent Indian politician and animal and environment campaigner, Maneka Gandhi. Together with sending a personal letter to Mauritius Prime Minister Dr. The Honourable Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Maneka has signed the BUAV statement of concern for its campaign to raise awareness about the breeding and export of monkeys from Mauritius to laboratories around the world. 

Maneka Gandhi stated: “I am happy to support the BUAV on this issue. I am deeply concerned by the plight of the monkeys in Mauritius. This trade inflicts great suffering on tens of thousands of primates every year. Mauritius is not a poor country. Its main income is from tourism. Its people are a gentle people and its culture is gentle. Why does it have to earn money from inflicting needless violence on defenceless creatures? I appeal to the Government of Mauritius to implement a ban on the breeding and export of primates.

Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of the BUAV stated; “Maneka Gandhi is well known for her compassion for animals. We are delighted to receive her support in our campaign to raise awareness about the breeding and export of primates in Mauritius for experimentation around the world. This cruel trade has continued unchallenged for too long.”

The BUAV statement of concern has been signed by key religious and socio-cultural groups in Mauritius, including the Mauritius Sanatan Dharma Temples Federation, Hindu House, Federation of Arya Samaj, ISKCON and Arya Sabha Mauritius, as well as British Members of Parliament and celebrities, including international actor Nitin Ganatra. This support represents a growing awareness and concern on Mauritius and internationally about the suffering inflicted on the country’s monkey population.

A BUAV investigation recently uncovered the slaughter of hundreds of monkeys by Noveprim Ltd, a primate breeding farm in Mauritius. Graphic images released by the BUAV, that show discarded dead monkeys stacked in piles on the floor or dumped in bins and skips like garbage have been broadcast around the world resulting in widespread shock and revulsion.

The BUAV has launched a global petition to the Prime Minister Dr. The Honourable Navinchandra Ramgoolam calling for an end the trade in primates for research.