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Nov 9, 2010

Focus:Animal Welfare
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Location:United Kingdom

 

 

Thousands of monkeys are imported for use in British labs despite a ban. The trade in primates continues because the ban, introduced in 1997, does not include the offspring of wild-caught parents. Home Office Minister Lynn Featherstone has stated that in 2009, 1,257 and so far in 2010, 970 monkeys who were the offspring of wild-caught parents have been imported into the UK. Between 2008 and 2009 almost 5,000 nonhuman primates were imported for experimental use in the UK.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/8113861/Thousands-of-monkeys-imported-for-use-in-British-labs-despite-ban.html

 

The BUAV has uncovered evidence of extreme suffering inflicted on captured wild monkeys. An investigation carried out in Mauritius found that monkeys sustained injuries and broken limbs during trapping and while being transferred to holding pens.

 

http://www.buav.org/article/580/buav-calls-on-uk-government-to-stop-supporting-the-trade-in-wild-caught-monkeys-for-research

 

 

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It has come to my attention that despite a ban on the use of wild-caught primates in research since 1997, there is no such ban on primates who are the offspring of wild-caught parents.

 

The capture of nonhuman primates from the wild is inherently cruel and inflicts a great deal of suffering. The negative impact caused by trapping and removing wild primates from their natural habitat, including significant distress, suffering and physical injury, is well recognised. Numerous investigations undertaken by the BUAV into the international trade in primates has revealed the immense suffering inflicted on primates during their capture, caging, holding and transportation for the research industry. In their most recent investigation in Mauritius, UK's main supplier of primates, shocking evidence of the cruelty and suffering was obtained. The UK should not be supporting this cruel and unnecessary trade. The UK Government should disassociate itself from the cruel trade in wild-caught nonhuman primates for research. Please ban the import of primates born to wild-caught parents and stop perpetuating this appalling cruelty.

 

Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

[Name]

 

 

CONTACT

 

UK Home Office

public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

 

Contact Number 10

https://email.number10.gov.uk/

 

 

Related note:

"Shocking Evidence of Monkey Suffering in Mauritius"

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