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They’re little. Cute. Wide-eyed. And each year, more than a thousand are stolen from Amazon jungles in Colombia. “Night monkeys” sell for $50 a head because acclaimed malaria researcher, Dr. Manuel Elkin Patarroyo, thinks the nocturnal primates are ideal models for experimentation. Patarroyo directs FIDIC, the Immunology Institute of Colombia Foundation, a facility that pays poor Peruvian and Brazilian natives just across the Amazon River to trap and illegally move night monkeys over unguarded borders. At least 1600 are annually sold for malaria research, even though experimenters are no closer to finding a cure

Peru, Brazil and Colombia have turned a blind eye on the illicit night monkey trade because of its financial incentive for indigenous tribes. Ask ambassadors at Peruvian, Brazilian and Colombian embassies (in your country) to pressure national/local authorities to sponsor alternative livelihoods for their people and protect native wildlife.

Letter to
Embassy of Peru In The United Kingdom Embassador of Peru
Embassy Of Brazil In The United States Ambassador of Brazil (Embassy Of Brazil In The United States)
Embassy Of Brazil In Canberra, Australia Ambassador of Brazil
and 12 others
Consulate General Of Brazil In The United Kingdom  Consulate General Of Brazil
Embassy of Peru Ambassador Luis Miguel Valdivieso Montano
Embassy Of Colombia In Canada Ambassador of Colombia
Embassy Of Colombia In England (UK)  Ambassador of Colombia
Embassy Of Colombia In The United States Ambassador of Colombia
Embassy Of Peru In Australia Ambassador of Peru
Embassy Of The Republic Of Peru In France Embassador of The Republic Of Peru
Embassy Of Brazil In France Embassador of Brazil
Embassy of Peru In The United States Ambassador of Peru
Embassy Of The Republic Of Peru In France Embassador of The Republic Of Peru
Embassy Of Colombia In Australia Ambassador of Colombia
Embassy Of Brazil In Canada Ambassador of Brazil (Embassy Of Brazil In Canada )
I respectfully ask ambassadors of Colombia, Peru and Brazil to take strong action against traffic in night monkeys for animal research. Please demand that local and national authorities investigate this huge cross-border commerce that threatens nocturnal primates of the Amazon.

I was shocked to learn that 1,600 or more night monkeys are annually captured and sold for $50 per animal to the FIDIC, Immunology Institute of Colombia Foundation for use in malaria studies. Dr. Manuel Elkin Patarroyo has conducted the experiments for years without oversight or rehabilitation plans. Some monkeys, sick and frail, are thrown back into jungle.

The research itself has proven largely futile, with no cure for malaria in sight. Nocturnal primates, induced with malaria inside a stressful laboratory setting, cannot produce clinical symptoms or data relevant to human disease processes.

Clearly, this trade is inhumane, with utter disregard for native primate populations. FIDIC primate sales support poor Peruvian and Brazilian natives just across the Amazon River. Rather than turn a blind eye, governments ought to support the work of primate conservationists like Angela Maldonado, recipient of the 2010 Whitley Fund For Nature’s “Green Oscar,” for her efforts to find legitimate livelihoods for the Tikuna tribe.

Please let your country's authorities know that citizens worldwide strongly object to the black market trade in night monkeys.

Thank you,