Campaign update With your support, we’re already making great progress. Thomas Cook, Thomson, First Choice, Virgin, Kuoni and STA Travel have now all raised concerns about the plight of monkeys on the holiday island of Mauritius.ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) has agreed to act on behalf of its Members to discuss the potential impact on tourism of the cruel export of monkeys for experiments with the Mauritius Government. You’ve helped us achieve a major milestone for monkeys – thank you!But we can’t stop now.Will you help make their plight a global issue? Please tell the European Travel Agents & Tour Operators Associations and the World Travel Agents Associations Alliance to help keep monkeys in the wild in Mauritius. Few holiday-makers know about the secret suffering inflicted on the monkeys who call Mauritius home. Hidden from the holiday brochures that promise sun, sparkling sea and long stretches of sand, a controversial industry breeds and exports monkeys to laboratories around the world where they will suffer in cruel and painful experiments. Tens of thousands of monkeys, many of whom were captured from the wild, are held in breeding farms across Mauritius. Denied the lush foliage of their jungle homes, these monkeys spend their lives on concrete behind bars, their young exported overseas in small wooden crates as cargo on airlines. The tiny island is one of the world’s largest suppliers of monkeys to laboratories for experiments. During 2015, over 7,000 monkeys were forced into wooden crates and exported to Europe, the USA and Canada, where an even worse fate awaited them. Shockingly, there is no law protecting these poor animals, and we need your help to step up the pressure. Because how can Mauritius be a paradise for holidaymakers while the island allows such cruelty to its monkeys?You can help stop monkeys being traded for experiments Please fill in your details below to send the following email to the European Travel Agents and Tour Operators Associations and the World Travel Agents Associations Alliance, telling them to help keep monkeys in the wild.Feel free to add to the message to make it more personal. Subject Dear Mr de Blust,Mauritius is one of the world’s largest suppliers of monkeys to laboratories for experiments. Tens of thousands of monkeys, many of whom were captured from the wild, are being held in large facilities across Mauritius. Denied the lush foliage of their jungle homes, these monkeys spend their lives on concrete, behind bars, and their offspring are exported overseas, in small wooden crates, as cargo on airlines. I believe that the international reputation of Mauritius as a paradise island for tourists is being tarnished by its association with such animal cruelty. Holiday-makers should be given the opportunity to make ethical decisions when choosing their destination, and the tourism industry is in a strong position to respond to ethical concerns raised by customers about the treatment of animals in certain countries. I support Cruelty Free International in urging you to consider the plight of Mauritius monkeys and the suffering that is being inflicted on these wild animals. I’m delighted that ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) is acting on behalf of its members to discuss animal welfare concerns about the monkey trade with the Mauritius Government. Please will you also raise these concerns with the Mauritius government? I believe that such a move will promote Mauritius as a true island paradise and attract many more holidaymakers. Mauritius should be a paradise for everyone, including the monkeys.MessageSignoff First Name: * Last Name: * Email Address: * If you would like to receive email updates on our campaigns, appeals and news, please tick here.