End Britain's Import of Baby Monkeys for Research
  • Petitioned Lynne Featherstone

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Home Office - Parliamentary Under Secretary
Lynne Featherstone

End Britain's Import of Baby Monkeys for Research

    1. Pamela Black
    2. Petition by

      Pamela Black

      Lapeer, MI

In 1997, a ban on importing wild primates for research experiments was implemented. Unfortunately there is a loophole that urgently needs to be closed. While adult wild-caught primates are illegal to import into the U.K., their offspring are not.

The ban was a result of concern expressed for the excessive suffering captive primates endure. Instead of addressing these concerns, the loophole has led to the development of breeding farms that capture wild primates for breeding and export the offspring to countries like the U.K. For Mauritius, the largest supplier of Britain’s research primates, this translates into a £25 million (annually) industry.

The readily available supply of baby long-tailed macaques from wild-caught parents is of great concern. As long as there is a demand, countries like Mauritius will continue producing and exporting them. A classic case of supply and demand. So long as there is a demand for primate research in Britain, there will always be another country willing to supply the animals.

The burden is on the importing countries to end this trade. The U.K. is well-known for having high standards of animal welfare written into law. That such a loophole exists is unsettling.

Photo Credit: Brian Jeffery Beggerly

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    News

    1. Primates Needlessly Subjected to Research

      Pamela Black
      Petition Organizer

      Sir Patrick Bateson from the Zoological Society of London releases report showing that more than 9% of research from 1996-2006 was of no benefit to science or medicine. He argues that even failed research should be reported to avoid duplications.

    2. A growing number of airlines are banning the transport of reserach primates

      Pamela Black
      Petition Organizer

      American Airlines is the most recent airline to specifically ban cargo transportation of primates for research. From their website: "Note: AA Cargo will not accept primates used for laboratory research, experimentation, and exploitation purposes."

    3. British Parliamant condems cruel monkey trade, yet the industry continues

      Pamela Black
      Petition Organizer

      It's been over a year since 124 members of Parliament signed Early day motion 957. This action called on the government "to completely disassociate itself from the cruel trade in wild-caught primates for research." Yet the loophole still remains.

    4. Reached 1 signatures
    5. Pamela Black
      Petition Organizer

      BUAV is going to Mauritius tomorrow:

    6. Pamela Black
      Petition Organizer

      A former animal lab technician now is an advocate with HSUS working to improve the welfare of animals used in research. The goal is to end animal experiments. While working toward that goal animal pain and suffering is targeted. Many universities that conduct animal research have made changes to their policies after pressure from students and alumni.

    7. Pamela Black
      Petition Organizer

      Air France is the official airline of the Cannes film festival. I wonder if Cannes knows that Air France also uses their planes to transport monkeys for use in research experiments. Serbian Animals Voice provides information on how to contact organizers at Cannes to express your disappointment with Cannes for using Air France (as well as your disgust over Air France's policies).

    8. Pamela Black
      Petition Organizer

      The country of Mauritius is the biggest supplier of research monkeys to Britain. Call on them to end their cruel practices:

    9. Reached 750 signatures
    10. Pamela Black
      Petition Organizer

      Not only does Britain need to close the loophole allowing imports of baby macaques for research, the major supplying country (Mauritius) needs to end the cruel industry of capturing and breeding primates.

    11. Reached 500 signatures
    12. British Celebrities Fight the Research Monkey Trade

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      What do Jane Goodall, Ricky Gervais and Twiggy have in common? These Brits are concerned with a loophole in laws regarding the ban on importing wild primates for research experiments. They, along with a number of other British scientists and...

    13. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Alan Francisco SAN YSIDRO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Taking babies from their families doesn't teach a whole lot.

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    • Lyn du PLessis TZANEEN, SOUTH AFRICA
      • over 3 years ago

      ALL animal research programs should be stopped. I live in South Africa, and out wildlife is very important to me and a lot of South Africans. It makes me wonder now if the SA Government has something in place for the capture and selling of our our primates for vivisection? This barbaric practice must me stopped.

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    • Holly Troubetzkoy EMMELOORD, NETHERLANDS
      • over 3 years ago

      How to ruin a lifebefore it truly gets started. Leave these primates alone.

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    • Nancy Orsetti NEWARK, DE
      • over 3 years ago

      BRITAIN, GIVE US A BREAK AND SET AN EXAMPLE FOR THE REST OF EUROPE. STOP IMPORTING MONKEYS FOR RESEARCH. DO THE RIGHT THING.

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    • Bernell Trapp ALLEN, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      Moneys are not "production units" nor are they products! They are sentient beings, and just as human beings, they feel mental, physical, and emotional pain and suffering. They deserve living a decent, pain free life! They too yearn to be wanted, loved, and given fairness! They are precious living beings and within each one of them is the wonderful breath of life given to them by God; taking that away from them and treating them in-humanely is an absolute disgrace! I judge people by how they treat others, especially the helpless. These babies deserve love and compassion! Fix the loophole that currently exists and stop hurting innocent baby monkeys!!

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