We are delighted to announce that during a recent visit to Mauritius, His Excellency, The Rt. Hon. Sir Anerood Jugnauth, President of Mauritius, received a delegation from the BUAV. The President listened with interest and asked questions during the meeting in which the BUAV’s Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, raised the BUAV’s concerns about the island’s trade and export of monkeys for research. The President learned that Mauritius exports up to 10,000 primates a year and is the second largest exporter in the world, after China. The President was also informed of the impact this trade is having on the international reputation of Mauritius.
During the BUAV visit, the BUAV delegation held a series of successful meetings with key individuals and organisations across Mauritius. It is clear that there is widespread and growing concern and opposition to the trade amongst the public, community leaders, NGOs and politicians.
The BUAV’s Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, who led the delegation to meet the President said: “We were delighted to be granted an audience with His Excellency, The Rt. Hon. Sir Anerood Jugnauth and to have the opportunity of informing him of our concerns about the capture, captivity and export of monkeys from Mauritius. During this second visit to Mauritius we have been welcomed and supported by a host of concerned citizens, community leaders and organisations. It is clear that there are strong concerns about the cruelty and suffering inflicted on the monkeys of Mauritius.”