Have you ever listened to The Ricky Gervais show on the radio, and encountered the wonderful man that is, Karl Pilkington? Pilkington was the producer on the radio show that aired on XFM, and he went on to create the record-breaking podcasts with Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant, that was later animated into a television programme also called, The Ricky Gervais Show. Karl is infamous for talking about his favourite animal, the monkey , and even dedicated a whole section of the show to ‘Monkey News’. A feature that has become an iconic part of popular culture and one I thoroughly enjoyed, being a fellow ‘monkey-lover’. But I am afraid I have some ‘Monkey News’ that Pilkington certainly, won’t like!
I was made aware of a situation in Mauritius where the exploitation and mistreatment of monkeys is rife! I then found out that Mauritius is the second largest supplier of monkeys to the research industry, so they can be tested upon in laboratories. Now what you must differentiate between is the debate about whether animals should be tested on at all, and the mistreatment and cruelty to animals. I am talking about the latter.
Obviously, there is controversy about whether animals should be tested upon at all, and my own views on that subject are strong to say the least, but I don’t expect everyone to agree about that. One thing I would hope that everyone would agree is morally wrong, is the conditions in which these monkeys are kept, and transported. Most frighteningly though, is the mass slaughter of innocent monkeys, some are even pregnant females or babies, that are killed just because they are deemed ‘surplus’ to requirements.
Photo Credit: Primate Info Net
I didn’t want to show this photo below, but it is the only way to see the reality of the situation I am afraid.
Photo Credit: BUAV website
The campaign ‘Save Our Monkeys’ is orchestrated by BUAV, it aims to raise awareness of the plight of the long-tailed macaque ( the species of monkey in Mauritius), as part of their overall primate campaign. This species is also more commonly known as the ‘crab-eating macaque’ because it is often seen foraging beaches for crabs. The charity BUAV has witnessed the slaughter of hundreds of these monkeys in Mauritius, because again, they were considered ‘surplus’ to requirement. This was at one of the largest primate breeding companies on the island, Noveprim Ltd. Unfortunately this violence is still continuing, and it must be stopped!
I’m sure Karl Pilkington would be aghast at such cruelty to his favourite species of animal. Let’s face it, monkeys are awesome, and no living creature deserves to be tortured, killed or mistreated, any child could tell you that! But unfortunately, there are some people in the world that have the same moral compass as a stone, and the IQ of a toddler, it would seem.
BUAV state that;
“Wild monkeys are torn from their jungle homes and families and are imprisoned behind bars on concrete in large farms in Mauritius where they spend their lives producing babies for the research industry. The infants are then taken away from their mothers at a young age and are later exported in small crates as cargo on airlines destined for laboratories across the world where they will inevitably suffer and die.”
So what I am asking is that you spare the five minutes it would take to sign the global petition online. If you’re able to do that, then on behalf of the monkeys, I thank you! If you’re able to perhaps share this article on your networking profiles or email it, then perhaps a few of your friends will sign the petition too. That will probably take another minute or two. If your able to do that too, I thank you even more, and perhaps throw in a virtual monkey hug!
“In Mauritius, Rezistans ek Alternativ, The Centre for Alternative Research and Studies (CARES), The University of Mauritius Students Union, One Future One Planet Mauritius, Georges Ah-Yan (President, Forum des Citoyens Libres), The National Vegetarian Association, Azir Moris and Ecological Living In Action (ELIA) and in the UK, the National Council of Hindu Temples UK, Institute of Jainology, Quaker Concern for Animals and Unitarian Animal Welfare Society have all signed the BUAV statement of concern for its campaign to raise awareness about the breeding and export of monkeys from Mauritius to laboratories around the world.”
They want to get to 1,000,000 signatures on their petition that will be sent to the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, calling for an end of the trade in primates for research. The total number of signatures currently stands at 17,855. So as you can see there is a long way to go! They need our help!
Let’s do some good today, see how cute this little guy is…. then think of the 10,000 exported monkeys a year from Mauritius alone. It’s really not fair that all the monkeys in Mauritius aren’t as happy as this little dude…
Photo Credit: Jokar Photography
…I think I’ll call him Karl in honour of the great Monkey Man, the legend that is, Karl Pilkington.
Here is a picture of Karl Pilkington:
Photo Credit:Wong Chi Yen
Oh sorry, this is Karl Pilkington I got mixed up, you can see my difficulty!
Photo Credit: found on google.
On a lighter note, Karl please bring back ‘Monkey News’ !
Please……..Sign the petition here!
Featured Image is from the Malaysia Natural History Board.