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

have been trapped in the wild for the research industry. - CITES: There are concerns regarding the validity of the captive breeding claims in Laos and misrepresentation of source codes on CITES export permits for the thousands of exported long-tailed macaques. Furthermore, no annual report, a CITES requirement, has been submitted since Laos joined CITES. - Re-export of Laos monkeys: The monkeys have no permanent identification, making credibility of any records questionable. Vannaseng told the BUAV that monkeys sold to China are either used for breeding purposes or re-exported to research laboratories in Europe and the USA.

BUAV's Director of Special Projects, Sarah Kite states: "The BUAV wants an end to this cruel and barbaric trade. We are calling for a full investigation into our findings. CITES and governments must address the growing plundering of the macaque populations from their native forests in South East Asia to feed the international research industry."

For further information and visuals, contact Sarah Kite at sarah.kite@buav.org or on +1-505-920-6175. Visit the BUAV website at

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