According to news reports out of Nepal, that country’s forest minister, Dipak Bohara, has “imposed a ban on monkey breeding for export to the United States for biomedical research.”
This could be an important first step toward ending the grotesque breeding-and-export trade in monkeys once and for all.
The next step is for the Nepali government to listen to the coalition of animal protection groups (including PETA India) that has been urging the government to rehabilitate the hundreds of monkeys at a breeding center in Lele and to pass a law that would halt all commercial wildlife breeding.
We hope Nepal’s action also inspires officials in Puerto Rico to block plans by Bioculture to build a monkey-breeding facility there. But in case they’re not paying attention to Nepali news—and, let’s face it, many folks aren’t—please be sure to add your voice to the growing chorus opposing the construction of Bioculture’s facility.
Written by Jeff Mackey