If you didn’t know, Mauritius is the second largest exporter of live primates for laboratory testing in the world ! That’s right – second ! Up to 10,000 live monkeys leave Mauritius each year bound for laboratory testing in the USA, UK, France and Spain.
It is a touchy subject for Mauritians that do know that this happens ( you would be amazed how many do not know ) – all are ashamed and disgusted.
Well hidden by the island and only put in the spotlight by BUAV, this shameful trade represents an enormous income for the island.
The BUAV seeks to highlight this disgusting practice and welcomes the community to communicate their dissatisfaction with Mauritian officials capable of making change – the Prime Minister, The Honourable Navinchandra Ramgoolam, as well as the Mauritius High Commission in the UK – BUAV being a British organisation.
Details of how to help BUAV’s campaign in Mauritius are here http://saveourmonkeys.mu/eng/takeaction
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BUAV calls for an end to the monkey slaughter on Mauritius. Please support our campaign: tinyurl.com/962gho3
— BUAV (@thebuav) October 28, 2012
I would hazard a guess that this is the only tourism website that will openly discuss this appalling behaviour.
How does this help VisitMauritius.com.au| Well, yes it appears counter productive to highlight this most shameful of practices while trying to entice visitors to the island but we are disgusted and want this practice to stop. By sharing the story we hope to raise awareness, to the point of this trade finishing.
But what about the large amounts of money it puts into the Mauritian economy ? If the Mauritian Government were serious about finding a replacement revenue stream for this income, they should look no further than to a new airport tax for incoming tourists.
Tourists who travel to Mauritius are not backpackers looking for cheap beer, sun and sand. Tourists who travel to Mauritius are at the higher end of the scale and are able to afford a $50 tax increase per person.
Tourists who can afford to indulge in the luxury of a holiday to Mauritius can afford it and will pay it. $50 will not change their decision to visit Mauritius. 1 million passengers at $50 each would account for lost revenue and allow the farms to shut down.
I would guess 99% of people who can afford to travel to Mauritius would be happy to pay this if they knew the outcome. The 1% who are not happy ? Well they can visit or they can not visit – if they can afford to visit they can afford $50.
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