Cruelty At Monkey Breeding Farms in Mauritius

A new report says trappers routinely break the arms and legs of wild long-tailed monkeys (macaques) on the island of Mauritius as they catch the primates for use on breeding farms.  The island exports 10,000 monkeys each year to research labs around the world.


The island of Mauritius is a tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean.  It is a vacation spot for many tourists. But the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) uncovered Mauritius is a land of suffering for thousands of monkeys that are torn from their families and imprisoned on factory breeding farms and then shipped to research institutions.


A new report called Mauritius the “world’s largest supplier of wild-caught and captive-born long-tailed macaques for research.”  And who is the largest importer of these highly social and intelligent animals?


The United States is the biggest; importing 3,179 long-tailed macaques in 2009.


The Associated Press revealed that Mauritius has four major breeding farms and a fifth farm that will open soon.  Monkeys are a profitable business for the lush island, but the primates are treated like inventory and are often abused. 


The video at the bottom of this story shows one monkey being swung by its tail and other macaques huddled in their cages showing signs of fear and stress.


Macaques Are Protected

The Convention for the Trade in Endangered Species lists the long-tailed monkeys as protected, but Mauritius gets around this ruling because the primates are not considered native to the island. 


Instead they are thought of as pests that do not deserve any conservation rights.


So thousands of macaques are trapped each year and taken away from their natural families.  BUAV says this is an especially cruel act because long-tailed monkeys have strong ties to their biological families.


Sara Kite with BUAV said, “We call on the government of Mauritius to put an end to this brutal trade and for the USA, European Union and Israel to ban primate imports and stop perpetuating this appalling cruelty.”


The Need For Wild Monkeys

You might think the breeding farms would make it unnecessary to trap any of the wild monkeys, but because of the large demand for research primates, the wild macaques are needed to replenish the “breeding stock.”  They also produce F1 generation monkeys, which are the off-spring of wild-caught parents.


Some countries like the UK have a ban on importing wild-caught primates, but F1 generation (captive born monkeys) are allowed for use in research.  So, breeding farms win twice.  First they trap wild-macaques and mate them to have babies.


Then they are sell the wild-caught parents to countries that condone the policy and export the captive-born offspring to countries that only allow F1 generation monkeys.  Even breeding monkeys has loopholes.


Each year up to 10,000 macaques are exported from Mauritius to the UK, France, Spain, the U.S.A., Israel and Puerto Rico.  According to BUAV the monkeys are sold for around $4,000 each.



Creative Commons - Rubber Bullets


William C
William C22 days ago


W. C
W. C23 days ago

Thank you for caring.

Antje F.
a f5 years ago

If we lock up people for abusing dogs and cats, we should CERTAINLY be doing the same to these people. There is no excuse for TORTURE.

Leslie C.
Leslie Cochrane5 years ago

All experimentation on animals involves product testing and disease research justified "in the interests of improving conditions for humans". Vivisection can never improve conditions for humans, due to the immoral stigma inherent in the methods used. The Nazis de-classified Jews and other "non-Aryans" or people deemed as "less than ideal" members of their New Order. They were then listed as "non-persons", which then gave them "carte blanche" to conduct horrific experiments in the interests of "bettering" humanity. Working with animals under such conditions produces similar deviant behavior - a sure signal that such activity is immoral since it precludes a great deal of insensitivity to pain, as well as creates aberrant human conduct - a form of PTSD. The ethical answer is to question where your charity donations go and to insist that NONE of it be used for vivisection. "Research" should be clarified - and in the case of such campaigns as cancer and AIDs fundraising, insist on clinical or cellular research - or "NO $!" Fundraising should focus on prevention, & the ultimate "cure" should never be dependent on the disease appearing in the first place. Focus should be on the lessening of the incidence of disease - not to bring glory and money to research labs and uber-wealthy drug companies. Statistical/regional studies are often a most effective way of determining where and why people get certain diseases. And BOYCOTT any product that tests on animals. Do not give the monste

Stella AWAY W.
Stelizan L5 years ago

SOOOOooo signed - AMEN to successfully ridding the planet of this disgusting human practice!

Stella AWAY W.
Stelizan L5 years ago

There should be a GLOBAL ban on this planet with severe penalties for any country in which any member of the animal kingdom is found to be abused!!!!! Make the country pay and they will wake up and ensure that their citizens 'toe the line'!

Stella AWAY W.
Stelizan L5 years ago

Kudos for all comments! What a sad world the 'human' part is creating? Yes, any member of the animal kingdom has much more brains AND intelligence than many a human!!!

Antonia M.
Antonia maestre6 years ago

In one experiment, 15 rhesus monkeys were trained to get food by pulling chains. Monkeys quickly learned that one chain delivered twice as much food than the other. But then the rules changed. If a monkey pulled the chain associated with the bigger reward, another “bystander” monkey received an electric shock.
After seeing their conspecific get a shock, 10 of the monkeys switched their preferences to the chain associated with the lesser food reward. Two other monkeys stopped pulling either chain preferring to starve rather than see another monkey in pain (Masserman et al 1964). Are humans less evolved than animals? If these experiments are allowed to continue, the answer is YES.

Judith Corrigan
Judith Corrigan6 years ago

Where is the petition?

Karen B.
Past Member 6 years ago

It's bad enough that monkeys are caught in the wild, but countries like the UK who refuse to use them are directly responsible for the Factory Farms.
Once they are captured, imprisoned in the Factory Farms and bred they will use their precious little off-spring in their labs!
Hence the need for the Factory Farms . . . .
Do they want a medal for this?
Just ban all vivisection once and for all.
Trouble is a lot of "scientiests" would be out of work because they probably don't really know anything much about real science.
How much intelligentence is needed to cause and watch the suffering of these innocents and make some sort of half assed decision about this or that, or just scrap this one and try something else.
Fun and games, getting their rocks off!
Probably couldn't use a computer to get the same results because they may well be computer illiterate.
Don't get me going
WTF, too late . . . .