Torn From the Wild

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Originally Posted: 5 December 2008

Torn From the Wild

From the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV)

Visit the site for videos of trapping and transportation.

Please WRITE LETTERS to stop the trapping of wild monkeys!

The BUAV has obtained shocking never-seen-before footage of the trapping of wild monkeys in Cambodia destined for factory farms supplying the international research industry.

Appallingly, the monkeys were even hunted inside a nature reserve in Cambodia — supposedly a place of safety. The hunters used catapults and beat the tree trunks with oars to scare the monkeys out of the trees and drive them into nets. Then screaming in terror, or rigid with fear, these highly intelligent creatures were grabbed by their tails, stuffed into bags and stored in the bottom of a boat before being sold to a dealer of a monkey farm.

The BUAV is working hard to block this trade in the countries where the monkeys are finally shipped. This campaign is vitally important if we are to break the chain of pain and misery — from the forests where the wild populations of monkeys live freely, to the breeding farms and, finally, the laboratories where they are imprisoned.

Write to the Prime Minister of Cambodia to ask him to place an immediate ban on the capture, breeding and export of long-tailed macaques destined for the research industry.

The Honorable Samdech Hun Sen
Prime Minister of the Royal Government of Cambodia
Office of the Council of Ministers
41, Russian Federation Blvd.
Phnom Penh

Write letters to the Cambodian embassy in your country calling on the government of Cambodia to place an immediate ban on the capture, breeding and export of long-tailed macaques destined for the research industry. Click here for the contact details of Cambodian embassies around the world:

In the UK, please write to:

His Excellency Hor Nambora
Ambassador of Cambodia
The Royal Embassy of Cambodia
64 Brondesbury Park
Willesden Green
London NW6 7AT
email: [email protected]

Write to the CITES Secretariat requesting it carries out an investigation into Cambodia's trade in macaques and, if the BUAV's findings are confirmed, then to encourage CITES members to suspend CITES related trade with Cambodia.

CITES Secretariat
International Environment House
11Chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine, Geneva
email: [email protected]

For more information, visit BUAV's website.

Thank you!

For images of primates abused in medical research, visit here.

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