The BUAV is calling for an end to discussions that could result in the slaughter of thousands of monkeys by Noveprim, one of the main primate dealers on Mauritius and a company which is 47% owned by Covance UK, an animal testing facility in the UK. The mass slaughter was revealed following a tip-off received by the BUAV and reported in the Sunday Express and Le Defi in Mauritius.
The BUAV was informed that the slaughter, which would take place monthly until 2012, was due to a company downsize.
BUAV’s Chief Executive, Michelle Thew stated:
"The BUAV is appalled to learn that this monkey slaughter is being considered. It is totally unacceptable that monkeys, who have been exploited for years, are now simply discarded because they are of no further use to the company. We call on Prime Minister of Mauritius, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, to stop this senseless slaughter and instead allow these monkeys to be released into the wild so that they can live out the rest of their lives freely. We also urge the people of Mauritius to speak out against this terrible cruelty."
Mauritius is the world’s second largest exporter of long-tailed macaques for the research industry, exporting up to 10,000 animals each year. In September 2010, the BUAV released the findings of its investigation into the monkey trade on Mauritius which contained shocking evidence of the cruelty and suffering involved in the trapping and breeding of wild monkeys for the international research industry, in particular for the UK, USA and Europe. In 2009 Noveprim reportedly supplied 60% of the total number of primates imported by the European Union.
Write to His Excellency Mr Abhimanu Kundasamy:
Mauritius High Commission, 32-33 Elvaston Place, London, SW7 5NW