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Please support the BUAV in its campaign to end the cruel exploitation of macaques in Indonesia.

Write letters to the Indonesian embassy in your country

Write letters to the Indonesian embassy in your country calling on the government of Indonesia to place an immediate ban on the capture, breeding and export of long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques destined for the research industry. Click here for the contact details of Indonesian embassies around the world:

In the UK, please write to:

His Excellency Yuri Octavian Thamrin
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
38 Grosvenor Square

Write to the CITES Secretariat

Write to the CITES Secretariat requesting that CITES a) carry out its own investigation into the Indonesian primate trade and, b) suspend Indonesia's membership of CITES pending the outcome of this investigation.

CITES Secretariat
International Environment House
11 Chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine, Geneva

If you live in a country that has imported primates from Indonesia

If you live in a country that has imported primates from Indonesia such as the USA, Japan and China, please write to the CITES Enforcement Authority in your country asking it to ban the import of primates originating from Indonesia following concerns raised by the BUAV's investigation that Indonesia is failing to comply with CITES regulations. See CITES web site for contact information.

5) Write to the headquarters of following airlines requesting that they adopt a policy to stop transporting primates from Indonesia for the research industry. Please also write to the airline's office in your own country.

  • Philippine Airlines
  • China Southern Airlines

Cho Yangho
CEO and Chairman
Korean Air
1370, Gonghang-dong, Gangseo-gu
Seoul, 157-712
South Korea

Lucio Tan
Chairman and CEO
Philippine Airlines
Philippine Airlines Center
Legazpi Street Legaspi Village
Makati 0750

Mr. Shao Yong Liu,
China Southern Airlines
Jichang Road
Guangzhou, 510405

Stop the development of an animal testing facility in Malaysia.

Write a letter to the following people and join an international effort to stop the development of an animal testing facility in Malaysia. The laboratory, which plans to house nonhuman primates, dogs and small animals, will be the result of a RM450 million deal between the Indian contract testing company, Vivo BioTech, Vanguard Creative Technologies, and the Malaysian government-owned company, Melaka Biotech.

Write a letter

Malaysia currently has no legislation governing the use of animals in research. According to the company’s website, Vivo Biotech carries out extensive animal research, including toxicity testing on a variety of species for a number of purposes, including the controversial use for cosmetic products. It has also been reported that primates could be sourced locally in Malaysia. The government of Malaysia made an important stand by re-instating the ban on the export of primates for research in 2008. Should the animal laboratory be allowed to be set up in Malacca, immense suffering, misery and death will be inflicted on thousands of animals, and potentially facilitate the trade in wild-caught macaques within Malaysia.

Please support the campaign and urge the Prime Minister of Malaysia and the Chief Minister of Malacca to put an end to the negotiations between the Indian biotechnology company and the State government-owned Melaka Biotech. Request that they do not embark on the controversial business of animal research and remind them of the negative impact that the proposed laboratories will have on Malaysia’s international image.

Prime Minister of Malaysia
Datuk Seri Najib Razak
Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
Main Block, Perdana Putra Building
Federal Government Administrative Centre
62502 Putrajaya
Email: ppm@pmo.gov.my (cc. the Prime Ministers Secretary at aziz@pmo.gov.my)


Chief Minister of Malacca
Datuk Seri Hj. Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam
Office of the Chief Minister
The Seri Negari
The State Administrative and Development Centre
Email: alirustam@melaka.gov.my

Write to the Embassy of Malaysia in your own country. For the contact details of Malaysian Embassies around the world go to www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of/Malaysia