In 10 years, the government received the sum of Rs 199.2 million by imposing a special tax of Rs 3750 per monkey.
The government, through the Minister of Agro Industry Mahen Seeruttun, defends the sale of Mauritian monkeys for experiments in laboratories abroad.
He highlights the benefits to the international community and the consequent revenues for Mauritius. In 10 years, the government received Rs 199.2 million by imposing a special tax of Rs 3750 per monkey to exporting companies. Five local companies export macaques to 24 foreign laboratories.
The Mauritian government has therefore not give in to pressure from foreign non-governmental organizations who want to ban the practice. In a written parliamentary reply tabled at the National Assembly on Friday, Mahen Seeruttun explains that “this time, my department is not proposing to revise it, as against the benefits that research on monkeys to the international community and the contribution that this activity brings to the national economy in terms of foreign currency and job creation.”
The Minister however ensures that the breeding and export of monkeys will be done in the standards. And clarify that Mauritius exports live monkeys since 1985. The long-tailed macaque was introduced in Mauritius in the early 1700s in South Asia. This species is listed, according to the minister, “as one of the most invasive and destructive animal. It is an environmental nuisance that destroyed agriculture and biodiversity.”