BUAV calls for action to be taken over the monkey farms of Laos
The cruel trade in monkeys in South East Asia for the international research industry involves thousands of monkeys incarcerated in overcrowded and barren conditions in breeding farms across Laos.
The BUAV has carried out a number of investigations in Laos in recent years and our findings, which were
submitted to CITES as part of a dossier of evidence provided by the Species Survival Network (SSN), have been shocking. They include:
an apparently unregulated and expanding macaque breeding industry in Laos that should raise concerns about the source of those long-tailed macaques used to establish and maintain the farms and the validity of captive breeding claims.
the poor conditions and treatment of macaques in supply and breeding facilities which breach internationally recognised animal welfare guidelines. Monkeys were housed in barren cages with concrete floors. Whilst the conditions in which the animals were held at each of the farms were somewhat different, injured, sick, malnourished, dying and dead animals were present in the cages in each facility.
evidence that macaques imported by China from Laos are re-exported and labelled as being of Chinese origin.
This week, at the 27th meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) in Mexico, the BUAV has welcomed the recommendation of ‘urgent concern’ for the long-tailed macaques of Laos.
Second photo courtesy of Jo-Anne McArthur and BUAV