Did you know that almost 80% of the monkeys used in experiments in France come from Africa or Asia? The monkeys are kidnapped from their native forest halfway around the world and used to support the supply chain of breeding labs.
In 2020, monkeys were used in 3,996 experimental procedures in France, and hundreds of monkeys that were used in these procedures were descended from parents captured in the wild.
Watch this video to see PETA lift the curtain on this cruel underground environment where monkeys are traded for money and dangers to animals and humans are ignored:
Violence is everywhere
It all starts when hunters in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Mauritius or Vietnam trap monkeys, take their young and put them in sacks, then pile the mothers – and any other members of the group who survive the attack – into crates.
Some will be sold directly to laboratories, while others will be shipped first to industrial monkey farms, where mothers will be forced to live and breed in filthy, inhospitable conditions.
Injury and illness are frighteningly common on these farms, and many monkeys die. All babies are ripped from their mothers shortly after birth.
Those who survive on these industrial monkey farms – whose similarities to “wet markets” cannot be ignored – are crammed into cramped wooden crates and loaded into planes by the hundreds for a dark and terrifying flight to certain death.
The journey sometimes takes several days and the monkeys are left in their own droppings.
In laboratories, primates can be mutilated, poisoned, deprived of food and water, forcibly restrained, infected with painful and deadly diseases, and psychologically tormented.
Experimenters kill most monkeys when they are done with them or when their bodies are too exhausted to continue. Very few make it out alive and none return home.
Species threatened by animal experimentation
This terrible exploitation of apes is one of the main reasons why some species are now threatened with extinction.
The conservation status of long-tailed macaques (macaca fascicularis) was recently listed as “vulnerable” to “endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
In French laboratories, long-tailed monkeys are the most used monkeys. Here are some shocking numbers about the use of monkeys in France in 2020:
- Monkeys were used in 3,996 procedures.
- The long-tailed monkey, now endangered, was used in 89% of monkey procedures.
- No less than 641 primates used in the procedures were the young (F1 generation) of parents captured in the wild.
- Of those F1 monkeys used in the experiments, 99% were long-tailed monkeys.
A manifest and present danger to the public
Importing primates is not just dangerous for monkeys. Due to our genetic similarity, the risk of transmission of bacteria and viruses from monkeys to humans is greater than with any other group of animals.
Primates are known to be carriers and transmitters of a large number of pathogens and diseases, including herpes B virus, tuberculosis, antimicrobial-resistant microbes, Ebola-like viruses, simian hemorrhagic fever, shigellosis, salmonella, campylobacter, malaria, dengue and leprosy.
These viruses are known to persist in primate colonies in EU laboratories.
While commercial monkey importers are required to track down deadly pathogens that can spread to humans, they often go undetected, not all of them can be detected, and some only show up months or years later.
New unidentified viruses with the potential to cause pandemics are also a risk.
Piles of dead monkeys and broken promises
Despite decades of promise and hundreds of thousands of dead monkeys, experiments on these animals have not produced effective vaccines against tuberculosis, malaria or other terrible human diseases.
The COVID-19 experiments have shown the scientific community how irrelevant and often misleading monkey studies are. It’s time to end this barbaric and deadly exploitation.
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More than one million European citizens have already signed the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) calling for an end to animal testing.
Join us today and be a part of this compassion movement. Together, we can end this deadly lab supply chain.
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