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Animal Defenders International (ADI) has
revealed horrific treatment of monkeys at Biodia, a Mauritian monkey
farm supplying U.S. laboratories and whose monkeys could soon be behind
bars in a new Florida
breeding farm. Days ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revealed
monkey imports have risen to nearly 20,000 (1). ADI is calling for the
U.S. to stop the import of monkeys for experiments or breeding and join
the international move away from monkey experiments.
is the second largest monkey supplier to the U.S. with several farms,
last year shipping 2,842 animals to the U.S. with Biodia responsible for
300-600 per year. ADI has revealed that Biodia's U.S. trading partner
Prelabs has plans to "establish the firstMauritiusbreeding colony in the U.S." in Labelle, Florida.
from Biodia include: workers swinging screaming monkeys by their tails;
distressed baby monkeys torn from the arms of their desperate mothers
and tattooed without anesthetic; netted animals slammed onto concrete
floors; animals killed and injured from fighting.
ADI President Jan Creamer said: "The poorU.S.regulations
on primate experiments and imports are shameful, allowing unnecessary
suffering, fear, pain and distress to intelligent and highly developed
animals when alternatives already exist.U.S.primate
imports also cause damage to wild populations and the wider environment.
As other nations move away from primate research, theUSremains
in the scientific backwater, clinging to crude, outdated methods
instead of advanced technology. This trade is cruel and unjustified."
Monkeys are locked in tiny boxes & flown 10,000 miles to U.S. laboratories - some become sick and can even die (2). Air France & China Southern are the only passenger airlines to carry monkeys for laboratories.
70,000 monkeys are used in cruel experiments in the U.S. each year (3).
They are force-fed chemicals, injected with potentially poisonous
substances and electrodes are implanted into their brains.
regulatory bodies, scientists and governments around the world are
moving away from monkey experiments and adopting the advanced
alternatives which are available.
1. U.S. primate import figures for 2013 (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2014)
IATA Live Animals Regulations allow macaques to be transported in
crates that are too small for the long journeys currently endured, and
animals have died as a result." (Alternatives To Laboratory Animals, 2004)