Long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) are indigenous to Indonesia and are part of the rich and diverse ecosystem, contributing to the country’s unique biodiversity. They are a protected species under Appendix II on CITES.
We are appealing to the Indonesian Institute of Sciences to deny a permit that would allow the capture of wild long-tailed macaques in Indonesia, for export to China and USA. The trapping is taking place under the guise of diminishing human conflict with local farming communities, but this does not explain why the monkeys should then be transported long distances out of their natural environment. It is believed that these macaques would end up in the research industry in China and USA, having to endure the horrific cruelties of animal testing.
If the trapping and export of wild macaques went ahead, Indonesia would be breaching its own wildlife legislation introduced in 1994 that prevented such exports of wild macaques.
Asia for Animals Coalition has come together to write a letter to Indonesian authorities urging them to deny any permit that would allow the capture of wild long-tailed macaques, and to revise their thinking of how they approach macaque population management and human conflict. You can read our letter in full, supported by 198 global animal welfare NGOs here