St. Kitts & Nevis: Halt the export of wild monkeys
  • Petitioning The Honorable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas

This petition will be delivered to:

Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis
The Honorable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas
Premier of Nevis
The Honorable Vance Amory
Minister of Tourism & International Transport
The Hon. Richard Skerritt
Minister of Tourism, Nevis Island Administration
The Hon. Mark A. G. Brantley
St. Kitts Tourism Authority
Racquel Brown, Acting CEO
Nevis Tourism Authority
Greg Phillip, CEO

St. Kitts & Nevis: Halt the export of wild monkeys

    1. Petition by

      Animal Rights Foundation of Florida

The twin-island nation of St. Kitts & Nevis is known for beautiful scenery and a more relaxed atmosphere than elsewhere in the Caribbean. Tourists returning from visiting the islands often have stories of taking a rainforest tour, snorkeling in the warm water, spotting a sea turtle on the beach, or watching a troop of monkeys run across the road. The monkeys in particular have become part of the landscape and culture. African green, or “vervet” monkeys have lived on St. Kitts & Nevis for over 300 years.

Sadly, each year hundreds of wild monkeys are trapped, stuffed into wooden crates and flown off the islands. Their destination? Research and testing laboratories in the United States, Canada and Europe where pain and suffering are routine.

St. Kitts & Nevis is one of only a small number of nations that continue to export wild monkeys for use in research and testing. Help us stop this cruel trade.

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Photo: captive monkeys on St. Kitts (photo by the BUAV).

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. An end to the cruel primate trade in St. Kitts?

      According to preliminary U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service records, in 2013 there was not a single monkey exported from St. Kitts & Nevis into the United States! 2013 was the first in at least 20 years that no animals were exported from the islands. (It appears that there hasn't been a shipment since November 2012 when 44 monkeys arrived in Miami.) At this unexpected good news, ARFF has urged Prime Minister Denzil Douglas to take this opportunity to permanently halt the export from St. Kitts & Nevis of monkeys destined for experimentation.

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • evelyn varner NEWVILLE, PA
      • about 1 month ago

      Been to st kitts 4 times it us rediculouse how thise ppl take the babies from their mothers to make money from them. This is in humane and needs to be stoped. No one should be allowed to take babies from their mothers for any reason at all

    • Geert Habraken HASSELT, BELGIUM
      • about 1 month ago

      Wildlife and adventure seeker,animal lover

    • Joycelyn Harris HASSELT, BELGIUM
      • about 1 month ago

      Although I've not visited St.Kitts since I was a child, I know that the monkey's antics are not always welcome (my parents are from St. Kitts and I have lots of family there). But there are other ways to manage them; ways that will not tarnish St. Kitts & Nevis's reputation. I urge you to stop this practice.

      Yours sincerely,

      Dr J. Harris

    • Janice Jensen TAI TAM, HONG KONG
      • about 1 month ago

      There are other ways to control the monkey population that is more humane than selling them into a slavery they will never survive.

    • leah schaudt MICCO, FL
      • 3 months ago

      Every animal taken from the wild deserves a humane life, everyday so many wild animals are taken for the trade. They cannot speak for themselves, I can.


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