Anon. (2009, April 13). Indonesia said to allow illegal monkey trade. AFP [online]. Available http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5grNjSbmd6rq2JyV1T_GSbvEtkgkw [2009, April 28]
indonesia ; monkey trade ; illegal wildlife trade ; primates for laboratory tests
An illegal trade in primates for laboratory tests is thriving in Indonesia despite local and international regulations designed to control such exports, a British animal welfare group said.
The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) said Indonesia should be suspended from the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) for allowing the "disturbing trade."
It said Jakarta was "breaching its own wildlife legislation as well as failing to comply with CITES regulations and violating international animal welfare guidelines."
"The official Indonesian 'ban' on the export of wild-caught primates for research is a sham," the group said in a statement at the conclusion of an investigation into the primates trade.
"Through a lack of enforcement by the Indonesian authorities and the use of misleading source codes for CITES export permits, the BUAV believes that wild-caught monkeys continue to be exported and end up in the international research i