Monkeys torn from families on paradise isle and used to breed babies
for UK lab tests
dangled upside down by its tail and swung from side to side... a monkey
is sickeningly tormented after being snatched from the wild.
a high-pitched scream the animal is then thrown in a cage and forced to
become a breeding machine – churning out babies to be sold across
the globe for scientific tests. And thousands are sent to Britain, where
the demand from pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies for animals to use
in tests is soaring. Figures reveal the UK imported more than 2,000 monkeys
from Mauritius in the past year – making snaring an animal from the
jungle on the Indian Ocean isle a lucrative business for hunters. Today
the Sunday Mirror exposes the cruel ways in which these monkeys are captured
and condemned to a life of suffering.
disturbing pictures were obtained by campaigners from the British Union
for the Abolition of Vivisection, which has been working under cover for
a year investigating the trappers in Mauritius. A covert video shows
huntsmen snaring long-tailed macaques – an endangered species –
by laying traps baited with bananas and sugar cane around the forest
where the creatures live.
trappers are filmed cruelly swinging the animals by their tails –
leaving many with injuries and broken limbs. After seeing the shocking footage,
leading veterinarian Professor Nedim Buyukmihci, of the University
of California, told the Sunday Mirror: “Catching and swinging monkeys
by the tail is a cruel and inappropriate way to treat primates.
“Handling could result in injury, including the separation of
vertebrae in the tail, causing considerable pain.”
other scenes baby monkeys – some just weeks old – are ripped
from their mothers to be exported to a life of misery. After being
captured they are thrown in lorries and driven to breeding farms, where
hundreds live in over-crowded cages producing babies. Disturbing footage
obtained from inside one farm shows the distressed monkeys frantically trying
to escape their hell as they let out high-pitched cries.
day, hundreds are rounded up and packed into wooden crates to be flown to
laboratories across the globe, where they are used in agonising live tests
by scientists who pay £260 for each monkey. However, cruel farm managers
in Mauritius spend as little as 5p a day caring for them – making
it a lucrative trade. And firms in the UK are among their biggest customers.
it is illegal to use monkeys caught from the wild in tests here, labs
are allowed to import their offspring for experiments. Last year 2,257 monkeys
were imported into Britain from Mauritius. Only the US bought more.
during 2008/9 more than 5,000 live tests were carried out on monkeys –
a rise of 16 per cent. Tests include horrific experiments where the animals
are pumped with massive amounts of drugs to see how long they can survive.
Three-quarters of the monkeys are used for toxicology tests on new drugs.
The remainder are used in studies for conditions such as Parkinson’s
disease, Alzheimer’s and Aids. Animals rights charities are now
calling on the Government to end the cruel trade. BUAV’s
director of special projects Sarah Kite said: “By allowing the importation
of monkeys from Mauritius, the UK is fuelling the cruelty inflicted
on thousands of animals.
trade is morally unacceptable. We call on the Government to ban the importing
of these primates and stop perpetuating this appalling cruelty.”
For more information, go to http://www.stopthebabytrade.org