The BUAV’s Monkey Business investigation reveals factory farming of monkeys for the research industry on a terrifying scale. It is a shocking exposé of the world’s largest captive-breeding farms for monkeys for research – Nafovanny in Vietnam.
Nafovanny is the starting point for a life of confinement, misery and exploitation for these intelligent, sensitive animals – a life almost invariably ending in a premature death inside the walls of a laboratory. The BUAV has exposed the reality of primate experimentation time and time again and this latest exposé again uncovers the ruthlessness on which primate experimentation relies.
We are all-too-used to the appalling reality of factory farming for food: countless animals crammed into tiny cages in terrible conditions in the name of profit. Monkey Business now reveals the same principles being applied to monkeys at Nafovanny – where the priority is to meet the research industry’s demand as quickly and cheaply as possible.
Click here to see the disgraceful conditions we found at Nafovanny.
In 1999 the UK Government approved Nafovanny to import primates to UK laboratories. At the time of our visit, all of the monkeys at Nafovanny that were destined for the UK were ordered by Huntington Life Sciences in Cambridgeshire.
But the bare minimum standards that Nafovanny were required to sign up to in order to be approved by the UK are being breached over and over again.
Our investigation at Nafovanny also exposes the inadequacy of the UK Government’s existing policy restriction on the use of wild-caught primates in research. We uncovered evidence to suggest that Nafovanny are taking primates from the wild to keep their breeding stock levels up – or maybe even passing-off wild monkeys as having been bred in captivity.
The BUAV is completely opposed to using our closest genetic cousins as disposable tools for invasive and painful research – little better than test tubes with tails. Quite aside from the pain of the experiments themselves, simply keeping these intelligent, social and sensitive animals in a sterile laboratory awaiting pain and suffering is utterly immoral in itself. There is simply no justification for deliberately harming monkeys in experiments when we would never do the same to humans without their consent.
Just as with the food industry, low standards and factory farming are the inevitable consequences of a research demand for primates that is spiralling out of control. Primate factory farms treat these sensitive and intelligent animals simply as products, to be pushed out of the factory gates as quickly and cheaply as possible. And what’s more is that the availability of wild primates is often too much of a temptation: it’s cheap and easy to top up stocks from the wild if the factory isn’t ‘producing’ enough primates to meet the research industry’s orders.
Monkey Business now shows that life for a primate destined for the UK lab is one of squalor and misery from the second they are born. Factory farming monkeys to meet overseas demand is the final outrage – and yet another compelling reason to stop all experiments on non-human primates, immediately.
This simply cannot be allowed to continue.
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