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.
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.
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.