11th September 2015
Call to CITES to take action over the monkey trade
Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia face scrutiny over their trade in monkeys
Cruelty Free International has attended the recent 28th meeting of the CITES Animals Committee in Tel Aviv. The Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international regulatory body, monitoring and regulating trade in endangered species.
Cruelty Free International has been working to secure action against the international trade in long-tailed macaques from Lao PDR, Cambodia and Vietnam; all major suppliers of monkeys to the research industry. It is a trade we consider to be unsustainable and one which has serious welfare implications for the animals involved.
At the meeting, concerns raised by Cruelty Free International - including an illegal trade in long-tailed macaques between Cambodia and Vietnam - were discussed. Consequently, it was recommended that both countries be referred to the CITES Standing Committee, responsible for implementing and enforcing the Convention.
Time and time again, we have exposed the inherent cruelties involved in the global trade in monkeys, from the trapping fields to revealing the reality of life for monkeys imprisoned inside monkey farms. Through our investigations we have also brought to light the illegalities involved within this industry, and the impact this trade (both legal and illegal) is having upon wild populations of monkeys.
Find out more about our campaign to end the international trade in monkeys for research: https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/what-we-do/primate-campaign/stop-international-trade-monkeys-research
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