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|Originally Posted: 5 October 2009|
Help Stop the Import of Primates From Cambodia Into the U.S.
Write to U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. CITES authority, and ask them to stop the importation of Cambodian macaques into the U.S.
Write to the Cambodian Ambassador to the U.S. and ask him to urge his government to place an immediate ban on the capture, breeding, and export of long-tailed macaques destined for the research industry.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
His Excellency Mr. E.K. Sereywath
A recent investigation carried out in Cambodia by the
British Union for
the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV)
has revealed severe cruelty and suffering during capture,
handling, and trade of primates destined for the research
industry. The investigation focused on the long-tailed macaque,
a protected species listed in Appendix II of CITES (Convention
on the International Trade in Endangered Species).
The Cambodian government is allowing what appears to be a
largely unregulated and rapidly expanding international trade in
macaques, resulting in indiscriminate and widespread trapping.
The investigation showed that despite the establishment of
captive breeding programs, monkeys are being taken from the wild
in large numbers to replenish the breeding populations.
The U.S. is one of the largest importers of monkeys for
research from Cambodia. In addition to the profound humane and
ethical considerations regarding their use in research, the U.S.
government needs to take seriously the species' protected status
and the effect that this cruel and prolific trade is having on
Theodora Capaldo, Ed.D., NEAVS president:
Visit Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) to see what happens to primates in laboratories.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!