MAURITIUS: Exporting Monkeys for Research Helps Conservation

Some 10,000 macaque monkeys, considered a nuisance in Mauritius, were exported last year to the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan to be used in medical research.

For Mauritians, the sale of the monkeys (macaca fascicularis) generated foreign exchange and provided jobs to about 1,000 people. But European animal rights activists have protested against the trade in monkeys for research purposes, organizing campaigns to urge tourists to boycott the island as a holiday destination.

IPS NEWS: 11 October


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