The cages in the labs, as horrible as they are, are
little compared to the holding units in Africa or the Far East, where they are beaten, starved and generally
abused. The journey to the labs of Europe and America is terrifying to already traumatised animals, and despite the amount of money changing hands, the conditions so appalling that a large proportion of them die – some from shock; some from simple starvation.
Every firm that handles them along the way, from the
catchers in the jungles, to the handling companies and airlines, to the people facilitating them along the way, is profiting from this trade. They do so in the
knowledge that they’ve been getting away with it for
years and that the secrecy they operate in is enough
to protect them. We plan to change all that