Please do not allow animal experiments to take place in Mauritius
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Mauritius is already one of the world's largest suppliers of monkeys for the research industry, exporting thousands of animals every year to the USA and the European Union. Now, a recent decision taken by the Mauritius Cabinet Office could result in the setting up of animal laboratories allowing experiments to take place on the island.
Thousands of animals, including the country’s native population of monkeys, are at risk of being imprisoned in laboratories for use in experiments, during which they will be subjected to pain, suffering and distress.
In addition to the ethical objections and the strong scientific arguments against the use of animals in research, there is now a wide range of more human-relevant and humane alternatives available.
Please join Cruelty Free International, Sitwayen Animal and Progress Science/NO Animal Experiments in Mauritius with our campaign calling on the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Members of the Mauritius Parliament and the President of Mauritius to not allow animal suffering and cruelty. Instead, make Mauritius a forward thinking country that adopts humane and cutting edge alternatives.
Please watch our video showing the reality of life for monkeys in one EU laboratory [warning - some viewers may find the video upsetting]
Find out more about our work to protect the animals of Mauritius:
- The Hon Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius and the Mauritius Parliament
We, the undersigned, are shocked to learn that the Mauritius Cabinet Office supports a regulation that will allow animal experiments to be carried out in Mauritius.
If such a regulation is passed by the Mauritius Parliament, thousands of sentient animals will be imprisoned in laboratories for use in experiments, during which they will be forced to endure pain, suffering and distress. The country’s native population of monkeys will especially be at risk as they will likely be the main species used in experiments.
In addition to welfare concerns, there are strong scientific arguments against the use of animals in research. Animals have important, scientifically critical differences that make them unsuitable as human ‘surrogates’, making extrapolation to humans unreliable and unsafe.
The development of alternative methods to using animals is a growing and pioneering field. There is now a wide range of more human-relevant and humane approaches and animal tests are being replaced in areas such as toxicity testing, neuroscience and drug development.
We are concerned that, to avoid attempts to impose stricter restrictions on the use of monkeys, researchers and companies within the European Union may be looking to Mauritius to carry out research that would not be allowed to take place in Europe. This could mean a return to the large-scale trapping of wild primates in Mauritius to be used in experiments; a practice that is universally condemned because of the cruelty and suffering caused.
We urge The Hon Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius, Members of the Mauritius Parliament and Her Excellency, Dr. (Mrs.) Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius to not allow animal experiments. We call on them to take action to end animal suffering and cruelty. Instead, make Mauritius a forward thinking country that adopts humane and the latest cutting edge alternatives.
There is already growing national and international opposition to the export of monkeys from Mauritius for research. A decision to allow experiments to take place in Mauritius is not only unethical, it will likely result in further widespread protest and have an additional detrimental impact on Mauritius’s image abroad and further tarnish the international reputation of Mauritius as a paradise island.
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