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How to save our monkeys and stop the animal cruelty business in Mauritius?
For those who are not aware, monkey capture and export is a booming business in Mauritius and it's been more than 5 years that people are trying to stop this practice. Our monkeys are captured and caged and forced to live and breed in conditions which are completely different to what they are used to.
The average selling price of a monkey is $3,000 (US dollars) so you can imagine why this has become a profitable business. Countries like France, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and the US buy our monkeys for laboratory testing and I'm sure you can imagine the ordeal they go through as all sort of things are tested on them (which can last for months) after which they are killed.
The are 5 main companies responsible for the monkey trading in Mauritius:
- The Campeche Ltd
- Primatological Ltd
- Bio Culture (Mauritius Ltd)
- Biodia Co Ltd
- Prima Cyno Ltd
There was a time when Mauritius, being such a tiny island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, was unknown to many people and now it seems to have become very famous but unfortunately for all the wrong reasons. We are the second largest exporter of monkeys for lab testing but I'm sure we're on our way to beat China which stands first.
Let's fight this together - http://saveourmonkeys.mu
What other things can be done to stop this?
Can't believe Mauritius is the second biggest exporter of monkeys in the world, let alone it being involved in this dirty & immoral business.
The only thing I could do as a student was to sign up petitions, join facebook group and make some other people aware of the situation of monkeys in Mauritius.
Even sent email to the Prime Minister. (But heard nothing afterwards).
I'm an animal lover and protector. Asked them where were the fields exactly but no response.
What I can do is after my exams in some weeks, I can make more people aware of this situation. But will that be sufficient to stop this?
Monkeys are a symbol of the God Hanuman in Hinduism. If I can convey this message to people perhaps the business of monkey trading will begin to end.
I suppose the only thing we can do at the moment is support BUAV by signing up the petition to stop it and to pass on the message to other people.
Do you know if there has been any 'protestation' recently for this case?
No protestation that I know of but there's a facebook campaign going on I think.
I suspect that some of the monkeys are traded to be eaten.
Don't get me wrong I am an active supporter against animal cruelty and do not agree with monkeys being used for any kind of testing but in Mauritius people do not care that much and have no money to donate to charities that can help save the monkeys.
I will be sharing this on facebook to raise awareness in the hope that people will start caring but I won't hold my breath.