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BUAV Exposes Shocking Role Played by Laos in the International Trade in Primates for Research
Date:2/23/2010

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Exposed is a disturbing picture of animal suffering along with serious concerns over the conservation status of the long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) in SE Asia and Laos's compliance with CITES. Also raised are questions about the role of China in re-exporting primates from Laos to research laboratories in the USA and Europe.

Laos joined CITES in 2004, exporting over 20,000 long-tailed macaques to China and Vietnam within four years.

    Main findings from the BUAV investigation:

    - Animal welfare: The conditions are in breach of international
      guidelines. Thousands of monkeys suffer in rows of small pens.

    - Conservation of the long-tailed macaque: An official from the
      Laos Forestry Department admitted that no population surveys for
      macaques have been carried out in Laos. Since at least 2003, however,
      many thousands of macaques
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