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Call for CITES to investigate Cambodia’s primate trade


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,
Please help the BUAV end this cruel and sickening trade.

1. 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

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2. 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

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3. 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

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4. If you live in a country that has imported or is importing primates from Cambodia, please write to your CITES authority asking them not to import macaques from Cambodia, on conservation grounds.

The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London SW1P 3JR

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Division of Management Authority
4401 N. Fairfax Drive
Room 212
ARLINGTON, VA 22203-3247

5. If you can, please send a donation as well, so we can afford to continue investigations like this and bring the brutal trade to a halt. Click here to donate to the BUAV »

For further information, read our briefing BUAV investigation of the primate trade in Cambodia go to the bottom in the home page of : »

At a breeding farm, other monkeys are seen in bare metal cages — including nursing mothers with babies, bred to be sold to the research industry.

The film is further evidence of the appalling cruelty that continues to be inflicted on wild monkeys for the international research industry. It also unveils the exploitation of indigenous populations of macaques (this type of monkey) in Asia, the industrial style breeding of monkeys, and the poor conditions in which they are kept that often fail to meet international guidelines on animal welfare, and fail to meet the monkeys' complex psychological and behavioural needs.

The BUAV initiated the investigation as part of its campaign to expose the lifetime of suffering caused by the ever increasing demand for primates from animal research companies and institutions across the world. This investigation underlines that it is not only in labs that research primates suffer. It is important that public and politicians are made aware of this whole picture, particularly since important decisions about the use of primates in research are shortly to be made as the EU rules governing animal experiments are revised.