The BUAV has just launched Stop the Baby Trade, a new campaign calling for an end to the cruel international trade in nonhuman primates for research (see http://www.buav.org/our-campaigns/primate-campaign/ .
Comedian and actor Ricky Gervais is supporting this important campaign. He stated: "Imprisoning monkeys and snatching their babies is a disgusting way to treat other primates. Monkeys are highly intelligent beings who feel pain and distress, just like us. Please support the BUAV to end this shameful cruelty. We must Stop The Baby Trade."
We have also launched the findings of our investigation into the trade in primates on Mauritius, the world’s second largest supplier of primates to the research industry. Each year, thousands of monkeys are torn from their families and jungle homes and either exported directly for research or imprisoned on farms to produce offspring who will be exported to the USA, European Union (mainly to the UK, France and Spain) and Israel.
You can watch our video at http://www.buav.org/our-campaigns/primate-campaign/buav-primate-trade-investigations/trading-in-cruelty
The primates are transported as cargo on airlines. Whilst many airlines have stopped transporting primates destined for the research industry, Air France has not and is now a major transporter of monkeys from Mauritius, including those individuals taken from the wild.
The campaign and investigation have so far received international media coverage including key publications in the USA, Mauritius, France and Israel:
Please support our campaign by taking the following actions:
1) Write to the Prime Minister of Mauritius and the Mauritian Ambassador/High Commission in your country. For contact details please go to:
2) Write to Air France calling on it to stop transporting primates destined for the research industry (see web site above for contact information)
3) Sign and circulate our petition to the Prime Minister of Mauritius calling on him to ban the capture and export of primates:
Thank you in advance for your support.
Director of Communications & Special Projects
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7700 4888