We, the undersigned, are shocked to learn that every year thousands of wild-caught primates and their offspring are exported from Mauritius for research. The capture of primates from the wild inflicts substantial suffering and is inherently cruel. Furthermore, the conditions in which primates are held on breeding farms fail to meet the many complex behavioural and psychological needs of these highly intelligent and social animals.
Your government may be unaware of the ultimate fate of Mauritian primates. We urge you to consider the pain and suffering that are inflicted on them after they are shipped thousands of miles to laboratories around the world. Primates are usually kept on their own in small, barren, steel cages. With no companionship and little mental stimulation, they often develop abnormal and self-destructive behaviours. Many will be used in toxicity tests which involve the forced ingestion, inhalation or injection of chemicals to the point of causing severe illness and even death. Others will be used in research which may include deliberately inflicting brain damage and the implantation of electrodes.
We appeal to the Government of Mauritius to take immediate action to end this appalling cruelty and ban the capture and export of primates. We hope that you will not only be moved by the suffering inflicted on your primate population, but also be aware of the impact that this continued trade will have upon the international reputation of Mauritius.
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