Wild monkeys suffer trauma and injuries when captured for transport to breeding facilities, report says
NAIROBI, Kenya — Wild long-tailed monkeys sustain broken limbs and other injuries when trappers catch the primates and transfer them to breeding farms on the island nation of Mauritius, said a new report released Tuesday.
Photos in the report showed handlers swinging monkeys by the tail and monkeys confined to small, rusty metal cages.
The Indian Ocean island nation has four major breeding farms and a fifth farm is to be opened soon, evidence that the trade is expanding, said the report by BUAV -- the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection -- which calls itself the world's leading organization campaigning to end animal experiments.
"Monkeys are highly social and intelligent animals with strong family ties. Their brutal capture from the wild and forced captivity in Mauritius is morally unacceptable," said the BUAV's Sarah Kite. "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."