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|Originally Posted: 5 Sep 2010|
Protect Night Monkeys from Being Captured for Labs
Please write to the ambassadors of Colombia, Peru, and Brazil. Ask them to put pressure on local authorities to investigate the massive cross-border trade in night monkeys and protect their country's night monkeys.
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
The night monkeys of the Amazon are under a unique threat.
Years ago, these little nocturnal primates caught the
attention of Dr. Manuel Elkin Patarroyo. Night monkeys
supposedly respond to the malaria bug similarly to the way
humans do, so Dr. Patarroyo decided to use these gentle
creatures in his infectious disease lab, in the jungles of
According to the LA Times, the lab rounds up at least 1,600
wild night monkeys a year for Dr. Patarroyo’s studies.
Not only that, when Dr. Patarroyo is finished with his
experiments, many of the sick, weak ex-lab monkeys are allegedly
tossed right back into the jungle. According to the Colombian
government agency Corpoamazonia, there is no rehabilitation plan
for these poor creatures. And still, the desperately needed cure
for malaria seems as distant as ever.
Angela Maldonado is our contact at the hardworking Colombian
nonprofit Fundación Entropika; she knows that lab officials in
Colombia have persuaded the poor native people of Peru and
Brazil, just across the Amazon River from Dr. Patarroyo’s
facility, to capture night monkeys for the lab and illegally
transport them across the unguarded border.
Angela is trying to persuade national authorities to take a more active role in protecting their countries’ native monkeys—no small task, since Dr. Patarroyo is, she says, a friend of the former Colombian President.
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