Published On: Wed, Jun 20th, 2012

Monkey Trade in Mauritius: Leading Socio-cultural and religious organizations support BUAV



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Socio-religious organizations have expressed their concern on the fate of Mauritian monkeys and plan to support the actions of British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection ((BUAV).

The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) is a non-governmental British organization engaged in the struggle against the use of animal testing. This organization recently obtained the support of a strong ally in its fight against the local industry of capture, breeding and export of monkeys for laboratory researches. It is the contribution of religious and sociocultural organizations. This announcement has been made at a press conference, on Monday, June 18, 2012 at the Labourdonnais hotel, at Port-Louis.

Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of BUAV circulated a list of 22 organizations whose representatives have signed a joint statement expressing concern on the fate of monkeys ( Macaca fascicularis) after their capture for medical research in laboratories.

Twenty of the twenty-two organizations who joined BUAV are either religious or socio-cultural organizations. They support the precepts from sacred books of Hindu faith compatriots forbidding the ill-treatment of animals.

Representatives present at the press conference are the Sanatan Holistic Vidhya Academy represented by Pandit Ved Gopee, also the vice-president of the Conseil des Religions, Ramdass Ellayah, president of Mauritius Andhra Maha Sabha, Jeewuth Vidhata from Mauritius Arya Sabha, Pandit Sooryadeo Sunkur, president of Federation Arya Samaj, Hanslall Sooklall, Chief Priest at the Hindu House and also president of Sanatan Dharma Purohit Mandal et Prakash Ramdhun, equally from the Hindu House.

The names of Father Gerard Mongelard, priest at the Diocese Port-Louis and and priest France Cangy are included on this list but they were not present at the press conference.

Reol Zephir Laval was the only representative not having direct links with spiritual orientation followed by Hindu faith compatriots. He is a member of the Baha’ie community.

Representatives expressed their solidarity the activities of BUAV. From the religious viewpoint of Hindus, monkeys should not be used for medical experiments.

However Reol Laval Zephir and Raj Mohit requested BUAV officials that their action should not be limited to counter the problem of using monkeys for medical purposes on demand only but also on the supply level.

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  • Dr K Mootoosamy
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    FINALLY !!!

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