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A BUAV investigation uncovers shocking conditions inside the monkey farms of Laos: send sample letter

March 9, 2012
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Please send one of two sample letters provided below.  An email block is provided for your convenience, but individual addresses are as well for further mailing options. One of the email addresses has failed for me, but I will keep it in in case it gets reactivated.


BACKGROUND | SOURCE: BUAV

The cruel trade in monkeys in South East Asia for the international research industry involves thousands of monkeys incarcerated in overcrowded and barren conditions in breeding farms across Laos.

The BUAV investigation uncovered shocking conditions that breach internationally recognised animal welfare guidelines. Some monkeys were found dead in their pens, while others were severely emaciated and suffering from severe hair loss and injuries.

The BUAV is calling for action by CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species) and governments to address the largely unregulated trade in macaque within South-east Asia and take action over the serious animal welfare concerns that this investigation has uncovered.

The long-tailed macaque (M. fascicularis) is currently the most heavily-traded mammal listed on the CITES Appendices. There has been a rapid expansion of the international trade in long-tailed macaques in South East Asia since 2004 as the breeding and supply of the species for research purposes has developed into a large-scale business enterprise. The number of long-tailed macaques exported globally for research sharply rose from 119,373 (between 1999 and 2003) to 261,823 (between 2004 and 2008). The monkeys are exported to Vietnam and China, both countries are major suppliers of macaques to the laboratories of the UK, Europe and the USA.

BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, states: “Our investigation has uncovered a disturbing and unregulated trade in monkeys for research. CITES and governments must start to address the growing concerns that surround the cruelty and plundering of the macaque populations from their native forests in South East Asia to feed the international research industry.”

Please support our campaign:

Write letters to the Laos embassy in your country calling on the government of Laos to place an immediate ban on the capture, breeding and export of long-tailed macaques destined for the research industry. Click here for the contact details of Laos embassies around the world or see directly below.


WHOM TO CONTACT

Email block

phoumypm@yahoo.com , phbounthanh@yahoo.com , thongphanhr@yahoo.com , Kphandanouvong@yahoo.com , conbru@laotel.com

Individual

Mr. Phoumy Phoumanivong
Director General
Department of Forest Inspection (DOFI)
Ministry Of Agriculture and Forestry
That Dam Road, Vientiane, Lao PDR/ P.0.box 1888, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Fax: +856 21 216508
Email: phoumypm@yahoo.com

Mr. Bounthanh Philanchanh
Deputy Director of Wildlife Investigations Division
Department of Forestry Inspection (DOFI)
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
That Dam Road, Vientiane, Lao PDR/ P.0.box 1888, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Email: phbounthanh@yahoo.com

Mr. Khamphout Phandanouvong
Deputy Director General
Department of Forestry Inspection (DOFI)
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
That Dam Road, Vientiane, Lao PDR/ P.0.box 1888, Vientiane, Lao PDR
E-mail: thongphanhr@yahoo.com/ Kphandanouvong@yahoo.com

Mr. Bouaphanh Phanthavong
Director
Division of Forest Resource Conservation
Department of Forestry
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
That Dam Road, Vientiane, Lao PDR/ P.0.box 1888, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Vientiane, Lao PDR
Fax: (856-21) 217161
Email: conbru@laotel.com


SAMPLE LETTER ONE

Dear Director General Phoumanivong, Deputy Director Philanchanh, Deputy Director General Phandanouvong, and Director Phanthavong:

I was shocked to learn the cruelty inflicted on long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques as exported by Laos for research, the efficacy of which is questionable at best, and lethal at worst.  These experiments subject the macaques to enormous suffering and pain; we must not allow for such exploitation to continue.

Furthermore, it has come to my attention that Indonesia is failing to comply with CITES regulations, and has clearly demonstrated a lack of conformity to CITES standards as established by CITES investigators.  Because of the gross misrepresentation Laos has committed, I respectfully ask that Laos place an immediate ban on on the capture, breeding, and export of long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques, not just until such a time when commitment to regulations can be reestablished, but permanently.

Animals are sentient beings, capable of thought and emotion, including love and suffering.  Prior to subjecting any animal to exploitation, I plead with your country to acknowledge this important condition that both humans and non-humans share.  We must teach our children respect for, and empathy towards, animals, for our children are undeserving of this cruel legacy whereby animals are exploited and suffered for human greed and egotistical motive.  Please immediately cease causing harm to the macaques, and implement animal research and testing alternatives, which have proven superior to unreliable animal models.

Thank you for your time.

NAME


SAMPLE LETTER TWO

Dear Director General Phoumanivong, Deputy Director Philanchanh, Deputy Director General Phandanouvong, and Director Phanthavong:

I am writing to express my concern about the conditions at monkey farms in Laos, as revealed by a recent BUAV investigation.

The monkeys were being held in overcrowded and barren concrete cages. In particular, at the Xaysavang Trading Export-Import Company in Bolikhamxay Province, monkeys were thin or severely emaciated with loss of fur. It appeared that they were starving to death. Many were lying dead in their pens.

I hope you are as shocked and appalled by this situation as I am. Keeping monkeys in such terrible conditions breaches international animal welfare guidelines. It is cruel and detrimental to the mental well-being and physical health of the monkeys.

I urge the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to carry out an urgent investigation and close down the monkey farms of Laos.

Sincerely,

NAME

what reason is there for a
monkey farm
except to do innocent
primates a lot
of harm
how would you feel
if you were a macacque
you would want people
like us to have your back
so please shut down
these torture hells
treat animals as they
should be treated…
WELL!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


32 Comments leave one →
  1. MARIA SONIA ESTRADA-SOLERO permalink
    March 9, 2012 1:12 pm

    LA CRUELDAD HUMANA NO TIENE LIMITES

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  2. March 9, 2012 1:54 pm

    what reason is there for a
    monkey farm
    except to do innocent
    primates a lot
    of harm
    how would you feel
    if you were a macacque
    you would want people
    like us to have your back
    so please shut down
    these torture hells
    treat animals as they
    should be treated…
    WELL!!!!

    Like

  3. March 9, 2012 3:55 pm

    Shocking, horrifying; both letters sent – different subject lines. I also had one email address returned: conbru@laotel.com
    thanks !

    Like

    • March 9, 2012 5:35 pm

      Thank you so much for sending both, Carol!. I had that returned, too, and I added that about the address but kept it in the Contacts just in case it was reactivated.

      Like

  4. Danielle daniels permalink
    March 13, 2012 11:00 am

    Absolutely inhumane disgusting behavior!

    Like

  5. CLIFFORD/CHRISTINE SCHMUTZ permalink
    March 13, 2012 4:15 pm

    would love to send letters/petitions but, unfortunately, forgive me, I am overwhelmed by your site presentation. God bless you!

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  6. Kimberly Halverson permalink
    May 28, 2013 6:08 pm

    I am absolutlely AGAINST ANY using animals for ANY testing,taking their fur, dogs ; horses used for food! I am speaking out AGAINST the starving of China’s tigers to make wine from their bone marrow! I am AGAINST ANY abuse of animals, that includes eating them, forcing them to milk! Save animals EAT/MURDER the rich/wealthy!!!

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  7. honeyeh permalink
    October 7, 2013 5:18 pm

    Stop

    Like

  8. Naomi Toda permalink
    June 9, 2014 4:55 am

    Wanna stop to horrible humans

    Like

  9. August 7, 2014 4:21 pm

    Please help stop this barbaric acts

    Like

  10. Lee permalink
    August 8, 2014 1:34 am

    You should be ashamed !

    Like

  11. September 22, 2014 3:32 pm

    testing on monkeys are not ethically right. not on any animals. monkeys are like small humans. how can you torture them like this. it is just a shame an abonemation. when are you going to listen to the people. we don’t want this !+!@

    Like

  12. September 26, 2014 7:26 pm

    This is a very good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.

    Simple but very precise information… Thank you
    for sharing this one. A must read article!

    Like

  13. madhumita datta permalink
    May 1, 2015 12:40 pm

    Please stop this. Animals have the right to live a happy and painless life. Nobody gave us the right to inflict so much sufferings on them. Have a heart my fellow human beings….be human and stop acting like a beast.

    Like

  14. June 5, 2015 6:51 pm

    Please Stop – it’s wrong!

    Like

  15. Olivia permalink
    August 24, 2015 8:33 am

    Stop torturing animals

    Like

  16. Mahroo permalink
    September 25, 2015 2:41 am

    This needs to STOP. Its disgusting and simply cruel. It breaks my heart seeing these photos knowing these poor animals are suffering so much. What is wrong with these people.

    Like

  17. Véronika Franchino permalink
    September 25, 2015 11:01 am

    Dear Director General Phoumanivong, Deputy Director Philanchanh, Deputy Director General Phandanouvong, and Director Phanthavong:

    I was shocked to learn the cruelty inflicted on long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques as exported by Laos for research, the efficacy of which is questionable at best, and lethal at worst. These experiments subject the macaques to enormous suffering and pain; we must not allow for such exploitation to continue.

    Furthermore, it has come to my attention that Indonesia is failing to comply with CITES regulations, and has clearly demonstrated a lack of conformity to CITES standards as established by CITES investigators. Because of the gross misrepresentation Laos has committed, I respectfully ask that Laos place an immediate ban on on the capture, breeding, and export of long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques, not just until such a time when commitment to regulations can be reestablished, but permanently.

    Animals are sentient beings, capable of thought and emotion, including love and suffering. Prior to subjecting any animal to exploitation, I plead with your country to acknowledge this important condition that both humans and non-humans share. We must teach our children respect for, and empathy towards, animals, for our children are undeserving of this cruel legacy whereby animals are exploited and suffered for human greed and egotistical motive. Please immediately cease causing harm to the macaques, and implement animal research and testing alternatives, which have proven superior to unreliable animal models.

    Thank you for your time.
    Veronikafranchino

    Like

  18. Jill sajtar permalink
    November 8, 2015 5:51 pm

    Please stop the horrific mistreatment of monkies at this facility.

    Like

  19. kumari herath permalink
    December 27, 2015 11:40 pm

    Pls leave poor animals alone.. we must be their voice..

    Like

  20. Karen Black permalink
    February 15, 2016 7:00 am

    This is beyond cruel. Testing should be done on humans. Its us who need the treatments not monkeys. Use prisoners.

    Like

  21. Aleksandra Janjic permalink
    February 15, 2016 4:07 pm

    Please, stop this, use bad people

    Like

  22. Lara permalink
    March 30, 2016 12:08 pm

    Fucking Dirtbags

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Jos permalink
    March 30, 2016 1:55 pm

    I am appalled by this lack of concern for our fellow creatures. It is a disgrace to your nation. Stop now, and win back the respect of humanity. What you are doing is morally reprehensible

    Like

  24. Jennifer sosnowski permalink
    April 19, 2016 1:15 pm

    What is going on over there?This picture is heartbreaking. PLEASE SOMEONE INVESTIGATE THIS.

    Like

  25. Linda robbins permalink
    April 19, 2016 10:26 pm

    All for the love of learning how to torture inoccent species. This is 2016 and everyone knows there are better ways than using breathing souls you are nothing more than inbreds yourselfs someone should experiment on you and families you sick pieces of fecal matter.

    Like

  26. KIVANÇ ÜZÜMCÜ permalink
    November 22, 2016 12:14 am

    I’m not seeing any petition to click on. Only this comment section.

    Like

  27. Galyna Kuvivchak-Sakhno permalink
    May 19, 2018 12:24 am

    Everyone has soul, and animals too.
    Did you know about it?..

    Liked by 1 person

  28. Sandrine Breitinger permalink
    July 16, 2018 7:03 am

    Please, stop experimenting on innocent animals. Your actions are cruel and inhuman. They need to be treated well and be loved.

    Liked by 1 person

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