Animal-Welfare Groups Urge Canada to Block Import of Cambodian Monkeys for Lab Use

Canadian animal-welfare organizations are calling on the country to follow the United States' lead in refusing the import of Cambodian monkeys for use in Canadian laboratories. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been denying permits for the import of Cambodian macaques after evidence of smuggling wild monkeys to the U.S. from Cambodia emerged. Concerns have risen that some of these monkeys could be illegally captured from the wild and then used in Canadian testing facilities. Canada has seen a significant increase in macaque imports, raising questions about their origin and ethical concerns.