Kinship Circle: Monkeys – Stolen From Trees, Sold For Research

December 31st, 2008 3:41 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Dec 29, 2008 8:56 PM
Subject: Monkeys: Stolen From Trees, Sold For Research

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12/29/08: Cambodia Monkeys: Stolen From Trees, Sold To Research
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LT: Cambodia’s long-tailed macaques are stuffed into mesh bags and crammed into the bottom of a boat.

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RT: Babies clinging to each other in small barren cages await their fate.

SOURCE: http://www.buav.org/e_projecty.php

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#1. SAMPLE LETTER — TO CAMBODIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
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The Honorable Samdech Hun Sen
Prime Minister of the Royal Government of Cambodia
Office of the Council of Ministers
41, Russian Federation Blvd.; Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Office of the Council of Ministers: ocm [at] cambodia.gov.kh
Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries: maff [at] everyday.com.kh
Ministry of Health: procure.pcu [at] bigpond.com.kh
Ministry of Tourism: info [at] mot.gov.kh

Cambodia Embassy, United Kingdom
His Excellency Hor Nambora, Ambassador of Cambodia
The Royal Embassy of Cambodia
64 Brondesbury Park, Willesden Green; London NW6 7AT
email: cambodianembassy [at] btconnect.com

Cambodia Embassy, United States
His Excellency Sereywath Ek
Ambassador, Royal Embassy of Cambodia
4530 16th Street, NW; Washington, DC 20011
email: cambodia [at] embassy.org, CH_WID [at] online.com.kh,
consul-huoth [at] diplomats.com

Permanent Mission of Kingdom of Cambodia to United Nations: cambodia [at] un.int

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The Honorable Samdech Hun Sen and Cambodian Government Officials:

I am extremely concerned about Cambodia’s inhumane traffic in primates for animal research. I urge the government to enact stronger laws to save your indigenous populations of monkeys.

Trapping, breeding and export of long-tailed macaques ought to be illegal. Investigative findings from British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) show babies forcibly separated from nursing mothers. Monkeys are even captured within a Cambodian nature reserve. Hunters pound on tree trunks with oars to frighten wild monkeys and wrangle them into nets.

The animals, caught on film either screaming or frozen in terror, are wrenched by their tails and crammed into bags. They’re stowed in boats until sold to a dealer or monkey farm.

Macaques are perceptive creatures with complex behavioral and psychological instincts. Yet those documented on film in Cambodia have no stimulation or enrichment. They represent a failure to comply with international standards for animal welfare.

Rather than sacrifice wildlife, please advocate animal-free research that is relevant to humans. Primate experiments, in particular, delay medical progress. For example, researchers recognize primates do not contract the human strain of AIDS or develop its clinical symptoms. Of 85 HIV/AIDS vaccines tested in animals, every single one failed in 197 human trials.

The National Cancer Institute now analyzes treatments for cancer and HIV/AIDS, and tests for drug toxicities, using human cell and tissue panels. With sophisticated alternatives available, there is no reason to subject monkeys to torture and death.

The long-tailed macaque is a protected species, categorized as Appendix II in the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Please do not permit the desecration of Cambodia’s treasured wildlife.

Thank you,

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#2. SAMPLE LETTER — TO THE CITES SECRETARIAT
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CITES Secretariat
International Environment House
11 Chemin des Anemones
CH-1219 Chatelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
email: info [at] cites.org
Convention on Biological Diversity: secretariat [at] cbd.int

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW; Washington, DC 20240
web form: http://www.fws.gov/DUSPIT/contactus.htm

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Nobel House, 17 Smith Square; London SW1P 3JR
email: Hilary.Benn [at] defra.gsi.gov.uk

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CITES Secretariat:

Please investigate Cambodia’s inhumane traffic in primates for animal research. I ask CITES members to bar CITES related trade with Cambodia, if non-compliance with international animal welfare laws is confirmed.

Investigative findings from British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) show babies forcibly separated from nursing mothers. Monkeys are even captured within a Cambodian nature reserve. Hunters pound on tree trunks with oars to frighten wild monkeys and wrangle them into nets.

The animals, caught on film either screaming or frozen in terror, are wrenched by their tails and crammed into bags. They’re stowed in boats until sold to a dealer or monkey farm.

Macaques are perceptive creatures with complex behavioral and psychological instincts. Yet those documented on film in Cambodia have no stimulation or enrichment. They represent a failure to adhere to animal welfare standards.

The long-tailed macaque is a protected species, categorized as Appendix II under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Please look into Cambodia’s trapping, breeding and export of these animals for experimentation. Cambodia cannot be allowed to desecrate its indigenous populations of monkeys.

Thank you,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS

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TORN FROM THE WILD:
http://www.buav.org/e_projecty.php

Why vivisection needs to end / By John J. Pippin
http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2008/12/opposing-view-1.html

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