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).
Each year, hundreds of vervet monkeys on St. Kitts and Nevis are torn from their families and forest homes and exported to laboratories around the world. Once wild and free, these sensitive and intelligent animals end their lives in laboratories where pain and suffering are routine. I urge you to ban the export of monkeys destined for the research industry.
I understand that there are conflicts between humans and monkeys on St. Kitts and Nevis, but there are ways of managing this situation without resorting to export or killing.
Please consider the impact that this continued trade will have upon the international reputation of St. Kitts and Nevis.