The investigation further revealed the appalling and cruel fate that awaits many of these monkeys at their final destination - a research laboratory. NEAVS joins BUAV in a call to CITES to suspend Indonesia and carry out its own investigation. This call comes as Indonesia announces a staggering three-fold increase (15,100) in the number of wild monkeys (Macaca fascicularis) allowed to be trapped in 2009 and exported into research.
The U.S. is one of the largest importers of monkeys for research. In addition to the profound humane and ethical considerations regarding their use in research, the U.S. government needs to take seriously the macaques’ protected status and the effect that this cruel and prolific trade is having on them.
1. Write to the President of Indonesia. Ask him to place an immediate ban on the capture, breeding and export of long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques for research.
Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
President of the Republic of Indonesia
Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara
Jakarta Pusat 10010
2. Write to the U.S. Indonesian Embassy. Ask the government of Indonesia to place an immediate ban on the capture, breeding and export of long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques for research.
Embassy of Indonesia
2020 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036, USA
Or use the online contact form.
3. Write to the CITES Secretariat. Ask CITES to investigate the Indonesian primate trade and suspend Indonesia's membership pending the outcome of their investigation.
International Environment House
11 Chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine, Geneva
Photo credits: BUAV