(IN) Maneka Gandhi supports BUAV campaign to end the trade in primates from Mauritius
- News Release
*Maneka Gandhi supports BUAV campaign to end the trade in primates from
The BUAV is delighted to announce the support of prominent Indian
politician and animal and environment campaigner, Maneka Gandhi.
Together with sending a personal letter to Mauritius Prime Minister Dr.
The Honourable Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Maneka has signed the BUAV
statement of concern for its campaign to raise awareness about the
breeding and export of monkeys from Mauritius to laboratories around the
*Maneka Gandhi stated: "*/I am happy to support the BUAV on this issue.
I am deeply concerned by the plight of the monkeys in Mauritius. This
trade inflicts great suffering on tens of thousands of primates every
year. Mauritius is not a poor country. Its main income is from tourism.
Its people are a gentle people and its culture is gentle. Why does it
have to earn money from inflicting needless violence on defenceless
creatures? I appeal to the Government of Mauritius to implement a ban on
the breeding and export of primates."///
The BUAV statement of concern has been signed by key religious and
socio-cultural groups in Mauritius, including***the */Mauritius Sanatan
Dharma Temples Federation, /Hindu House/, Federation of Arya Samaj//,
/*ISKCON*/and Arya Sabha Mauritius,/as well as British Members of
Parliament and celebrities, including international actor Nitin Ganatra.
This support represents a growing awareness and concern on Mauritius and
internationally about the suffering inflicted on the country's monkey
Mauritius is the world's second largest exporter of long-tailed macaques
(/Macaca fascicularis)/for the research industry, exporting up to 10,000
animals each year. The country regularly exports monkeys to the USA and
Europe, in particular the UK, France and Spain.
A BUAV investigation recently uncovered the slaughter of hundreds of
monkeys by Noveprim Ltd, a primate breeding farm in Mauritius. Graphic
images released by the BUAV, that show discarded dead monkeys stacked in
piles on the floor or dumped in bins and skips like garbage have been
broadcast around the world resulting in widespread shock and revulsion.
*Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of the BUAV*stated; "Maneka Gandhi is
well known for her compassion for animals. /We are delighted to receive
her support in our campaign to raise awareness about the breeding and
export of primates in Mauritius for experimentation around the world.
//This cruel trade has continued unchallenged for too long."/
The BUAV has launched a global petition to the Prime Minister Dr. The
Honourable Navinchandra Ramgoolam calling for an end the trade in
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