FRAME supports campaign against wild-caught primates
Chairman of the FRAME Trustees Prof. Michael Balls is one of the signatories to an open letter, published in The Times and The Guardian today (March 30), which calls on the UK Government to dissociate itself from the trade in wild-caught primates for research.
Other supporters include primatologists, conservationists, authors, TV wildlife presenters, celebrities, academics and scientists - a total of 78 people.
The letter says: 'Despite a ban in the UK on the import of wild-caught primates since 1997, there is not a similar ban on their offspring who are imported every year from Mauritius for British laboratories. The UK is therefore, perpetuating, a trade that centres ont he cruel trapping of wild animals.'
It calls on the Government to disassociate itself completely from the trade and to introduce a ban on imports of the offspring of wild-caught monkeys as well as from any facility that captures primates in the wild.
More than 100 MPs have also signed an Early Day Motion (EDM 957) calling on the Government to end the UK’s involvement in the wild-caught primate trade.
The letter will be delivered to 10 Downing Street tomorrow.