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Mauritius exports thousands of monkeys every year to laboratories.

Mauritius exports thousands of monkeys every year to laboratories. ©BUAV 2014

Monkeys are trapped in the wild, ripped from their families and homes.

Monkeys are trapped in the wild, ripped from their families and homes. ©BUAV 2014

Thousands of monkeys are imprisoned behind bars on concrete in large farms in Mauritius.

Thousands of monkeys are imprisoned behind bars on concrete in large farms in Mauritius. ©BUAV 2014

Young monkeys are taken away from their mothers at a young age.

Young monkeys are taken away from their mothers at a young age. ©BUAV 2014

Monkeys are used in experiments that can cause them pain, discomfort and suffering.

Monkeys are used in experiments that can cause them pain, discomfort and suffering. ©BUAV 2014

Key Information

Fact 1

Mauritius exports up to 10,000 monkeys a year to laboratories around the world. It is the world's second largest exporter of monkeys. The animals are exported to laboratories in the USA and Europe, in particular the UK, France and Spain.

Fact 2

Wild monkeys are torn from their jungle homes and families. The capture of monkeys from the wild inflicts great suffering and is very cruel. Monkeys are highly social animals and live in close knit family groups.

Fact 3

Tens of thousands of monkeys are imprisoned behind bars on concrete in large farms in Mauritius where they spend their lives producing babies for the research industry. This unnatural environment, devoid of any trees or foliage, is in complete contrast to the wonderful lush habitat of the forests that surround the monkey farms and is their natural home.

Fact 4

Infants are taken away from their mothers at a young age. Forcibly separating infants from their mothers is very distressing. The infants are then later exported in small crates as cargo on airlines. Air France is the key airline responsible for transporting primates from Mauritius.

Fact 5

Primates are subjected to experiments that can cause them substantial pain, discomfort and suffering. Most will be killed at the end of this ordeal. Many monkeys are used in toxicological (poisoning) research. Such testing can last for months during which the animals are dosed with chemicals or drugs through injection or forced ingestion. Others are used in neurological research which involves the implantation of electrodes and/or brain damage.