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Members of European Parliament raise concerns with European Commission over the trapping of wild monkeys in Mauritius


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Members of the European Parliament have raised concerns with the European Commission regarding the trapping of wild long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) in Mauritius.

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This follows the Mauritius government recently giving its approval to allow the expansion of one non-human primate farm with up to 1,000 macaques to be captured from the wild to be used for breeding. The MEPs include Ms. Manuela Ripa, Mr. Guenther Sidl, Ms. Marie Toussaint, Ms. Anja Hazekamp, Mr. Francisco Guerreriro. Mr. Martin Buschmann, Ms. Eleonora Evi and Mr. Raphaël Glucksmann.

« The intended expansion of Mauritius' program to capture wild macaques is very alarming. With this, the country seeks to broaden breeding efforts to be able to supply the international market – including the EU – with monkeys for testing purposes. This could lead to large-scale commercial trapping of wild animals, which would be a major setback for biodiversity protection and animal welfare. »
stated Ms. Manuela Ripa, MEP
« The European Union led the way when it included the welfare of animals in its treaties as early as the 1990s. It did so again, in a practical way, when it proposed in 2010 to prohibit scientific experiments on wild primates. The ban should take effect next year, after too many long years of preparation. In a backward move, the government of Mauritius has recently approved the extension of an establishment breeding long-tailed macaques. The owner intends to use animals captured in the wild in this breeding establishment. As most of the primates used for scientific research purposes in the European Union come from Mauritius, we cannot just stand by and let this happen. We must not take the risk of importing macaques taken from the wild into the EU, even if this is legal for a few more months. We call on the Commission to act. In accordance with the high level of European ambition in relation to animal welfare, it must ensure that no wild primates will be used in Europe for the purposes of scientific research. »
stated Mr. Raphaël Glucksmann, MEP

The questions asked of the European Commission by the MEPs include: Considering that the EU has set the date for ending the use of wild-caught primates and first-generation offspring in research, is it not incongruous that at the same time the EU is importing primates from a country that not only condones a wild-caught trade but is also allowing it to expand? How will the EU ensure that primates imported from Mauritius are genuinely captive bred or not sourced from farms that are involved in the export or trapping of long-tailed macaques for breeding purposes?

A coalition of animal groups in Europe and Mauritius (Action for Primates, One Voice, Animal Rights and Progress Science Mauritius), that led an international campaign to oppose the expansion and capture of wild monkeys, is grateful to the MEPs for responding to its concerns and has welcomed the submission of questions to the European Commission.

Mauritius is the main supplier of monkeys to Europe for research, exporting many thousands each year. In 2020, long-tailed macaques were exported to the following EU countries: Spain (2,126), France (1,027), Netherlands (290) and Germany (29).

In acknowledging that animal welfare, animal health and ethical problems arise from the capture of non-human primates in the wild, the EU decided to end its involvement in the capture of monkeys from the wild for scientific and breeding purposes. From 2022, the EU will only allow non-human primates to be used in research if they are the offspring of animals who have been bred in captivity (F2/F2+ generation), sourced from self-sustaining colonies. Recent developments in Mauritius, however, point to the resumption of a wild-caught trade for breeding and export, when in April, the Mauritius government approved the expansion of one non-human primate farm, Biosphere Trading Ltd, allowing up to 1,000 macaques to be captured from the wild to be used for breeding.

The animal groups are dismayed that the trapping of long-tailed macaques is taking place and calls this a major step backwards in terms of animal welfare, especially at a time when there is widespread global concern over the capture of wild non-human primates, because of the cruelty and suffering caused by the removal of such animals from their natural habitat, social and family groups.

NOTES

2010/63/EU The European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2010 on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (Article 10) Directive. https://eur-lex.europa.eu/eli/dir/2010/63/oj

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Irene | Wednesday 30 June 2021

No animals should be subjected to such horrific transport and experimentation procedures.

dominique | Tuesday 29 June 2021

Les animaux ont des règles de vie simples éditées par la nature, la race soi-disant supérieure humaine a inventé un morceau de papier, l'argent, qui va le mener à sa perte, l'homme en veut toujours plus pour tout acheter tout détruire au nom du bonheur qui lui ne s'achète pas et finalement mourir en laissant un peu plus de problèmes à ses enfant. Ces pauvres animaux n'ont malheureusement pas fini d'en baver avec un ennemi aussi peu loyal.

marie-claude | Monday 28 June 2021

Stop à l'expérimentation animale, l'être humain tue les animaux pour tout, la déforestation, la nourriture, le plaisir de tuer, la chasse, la corrida, c'est une extinction de masse. Il faut continuer à lutter pour interdire ça.

La Renarde | Friday 25 June 2021

Considérant la situation et l'extinction de masse qui se profile due notamment au réchauffement climatique et à la déforestation dont l'ampleur atteint des niveaux inégalés, il est parfaitement inadmissible de continuer ce type de commerce et ce type d'expérimentation alors même que nombre de scientifiques se sont prononcés pour les méthodes alternatives au moins aussi efficaces, surtout quand on considère le nombre de médicaments expérimentés sur les animaux, dont les singes évidemment, qui doivent chaque année être retirés discrètement du marché au cause de leurs effets secondaires délétères. je pense qu'il faut non seulement lutter pour interdire (avec contrôles) l'expérimentation sur des animaux sauvages, mais qu'il faut aller au plus vite vers l'interdiction de l'expérimentation animale tout court. Nombre de déportés revenus des camps ont eux-mêmes fait le parallèle entre ce qu'ils ont vécu et l'expérimentation animale sur des êtres dont seuls les plus bornés et insensibles peuvent encore prétendre qu'ils ne savent pas qu'ils sont sensibles et ont une conscience. Quel genre de scientifiques peuvent encore torturer des animaux sans le moindre scrupule? Tant au nom du respect élémentaire dû à ces êtres qu'au nom de la santé humaine, il faut absolument oeuvrer pour arriver à interdire ces pratiques d'un autre âge...