It’s a tremendous victory for 100,000 monkeys! PETA is grateful to the government of Sri Lanka for nixing a plan to export macaques to China and for recognizing that they aren’t commodities to be bought and sold.
The move comes after PETA wrote to officials in Sri Lanka, urging them to cancel the sale of the monkeys, who would likely have ended up in laboratories, where they would have been tormented and killed.
“These monkeys do not belong in captivity. It is almost certain that once in China, they would have been funneled into biomedical experiments and dead within months.”
—Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel
PETA Senior Science Advisor
As Sri Lankan animal groups, including the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka, and primate experts showed, these macaques are individuals with families who live in tight-knit communities.
Their lives matter, and so does their contribution to their forest home.
Officials have done the right thing.
Tell the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to permanently ban all monkey importation into the U.S.: