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Hundreds of Lab Monkeys Killed for Growing Too Large?

Hundreds of Lab Monkeys Killed for Growing Too Large?

An undercover investigation conducted by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has uncovered the senseless slaughter of hundreds of monkeys at the Noveprim primate breeding farm in Mauritius.

“This barbaric slaughter is set to continue throughout October and November, allegedly because overseas laboratories are requesting primates weighing less than 3.5kg. The majority of monkeys being killed are adult males weighing over 4kg although the BUAV has learned that Noveprim is also killing pregnant females and baby monkeys because the farm no longer has a use for these animals. The killing of these highly sensitive, intelligent animals is totally unacceptable,” according to the BUAV.

Images gathered during the investigation show piles of mutilated monkeys in overflowing trash cans, while excess bodies were left stacked on the floor and still more were left in a larger container before being incinerated.

Noveprim is a major exporter of monkeys for research to the U.S., Spain and the UK and is notably almost half owned by Covance Laboratories, a contract research organization with testing facilities around the world that is notorious for its cruel mistreatment of animals.

The BUAV has been working towards ending the primate trade in Mauritius since 2010, when it conducted an investigation into the capture and breeding of monkeys on the island. The organization estimates that 10,000 monkeys are sold there every year. The majority of the monkeys are subjected to toxicology tests for new drugs, while the rest are used to study other diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

“This is a cruel and senseless slaughter. It is unacceptable that monkeys who have been exploited for years are now simply discarded because they are of no further use to this company. These monkeys should be released into the wild so that they can live out the rest of their lives freely. By importing monkeys from this company, the UK is perpetuating this appalling cruelty. The BUAV calls on the UK Government to ban the import of primates from Mauritius immediately,” said Sarah Kite, BUAVís Director of Special Projects.

The BUAV is now asking the Prime Minister of Mauritius to stop the killing and release monkeys back into the wild, in addition to asking the UK government to ban the import of monkeys from Mauritius.

For more information, visit the BUAV’s campaign Save Our Monkeys.

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7:34PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

What a waste of each individual life. Even pregnant females Discarded like so much trash. The Holocaust mentality is alive and well into this day. The monkeys are ok as long as they bring in money, but when that financial flow stops....KILL THEM!!! Even if it's mother & baby. One day these killers are going to be made to review and feel the pain, terror and death they have caused the innocence.

12:16PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Read more about cruel, scientifically fallacious experiments on animals at Lifeforce's Stop Vivisection Canada! >

8:54PM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Any time humans use animals for their own purposes the animals get the short end of the stick: this is the case for factory farming, vivisection and animals in circuses. Matters deteriorate when corporations enter the picture. As profits become more important the animals’ welfare matters even less than it did before.

7:17PM PST on Jan 8, 2013


2:23PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

1:59AM PST on Dec 27, 2012


11:57PM PST on Dec 26, 2012

This is sick #!#!

11:57PM PST on Dec 26, 2012

This is sick #!#!

10:11AM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Desde luego me he quedado sin palabras !!! Que clase de monstruos somos que tenemos esa necesidad de maltratar, torturar y asesinar a todos los animales, sin excepción?
Cuando va acabar esta falta de respeto hacia ellos?

2:06PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

I am speechless. Geez SELLING them as pets would be better than KILLING them. so sad

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