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MONKEYS TORN FROM THEIR FAMILIES IN MAURITIUS
Sunday, 3rd October
Cruelly dangled upside down by its tail and swung from side to side... a monkey is sickeningly tormented after being snatched from the wild. With a high-pitched scream the animal is then thrown in a cage and forced to become a breeding machine – churning out babies to be sold across the globe for scientific tests.
And thousands are sent to Britain, where the demand from pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies for animals to use in tests is soaring. Figures reveal the UK imported more than 2,000 monkeys from Mauritius in the past year – making snaring an animal from the jungle on the Indian Ocean isle a lucrative business for hunters.
Today the Sunday Mirror exposes the cruel ways in which these monkeys are captured and condemned to a life of suffering.
Our disturbing pictures were obtained by campaigners from the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, which has been working under cover for a year investigating the trappers in Mauritius.
A covert video shows huntsmen snaring long-tailed macaques – an endangered species – by laying traps baited with bananas and sugar cane around the forest where the creatures live. The trappers are filmed cruelly swinging the animals by their tails – leaving many with injuries and broken limbs.
After seeing the shocking footage, leading veterinarian Professor Nedim Buyukmihci, of the University of California, told the Sunday Mirror: “Catching and swinging monkeys by the tail is a cruel and inappropriate way to treat primates. “Handling could result in injury, including the separation of vertebrae in the tail, causing considerable pain.”
In other scenes baby monkeys – some just weeks old – are ripped from their mothers to be exported to a life of misery.
Disturbing footage obtained from inside one farm shows the distressed monkeys frantically trying to escape their hell as they let out high-pitched cries.
Although it is illegal to use monkeys caught from the wild in tests here, labs are allowed to import their offspring for experiments. Last year 2,257 monkeys were imported into Britain from Mauritius. Only the US bought more.
For more information, see: Stop the Baby Trade