Action for Primates

Long-tailed macaques, photo by Sarah Kite
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Long-tailed macaques living freely in Mauritius

Action for Primates is a UK-based project that advocates globally on behalf of non-human primates. Despite their status as our closest living biological relatives, non-human primates face many threats and continue to suffer and be exploited by humans around the world, whether in their native habitat, in trade and transportation, in research and toxicity testing laboratories, in private homes, in zoos, as entertainment, on social media, or as food and body parts.

Action for Primates exists to raise awareness and encourage humans to take action on behalf of primates everywhere.

Please join us on this important mission, by supporting our action alerts and following us on Facebook, Instagram and X (Twitter).

Action Alerts
Rhesus macaque in European laboratory; SOKO Tierschutz / Cruelty Free International
Wake Forest University in USA continues forcing monkeys to become cocaine addicts
Long-tailed macaque living freely in Mauritius; Cruelty Free International
Over 4,000 wild-caught monkeys imported from Mauritius by USA for research and toxicity testing industry
Infant macaque on social media, with hands and feet wrapped to prevent sucking
New Report reveals abuse of 'pet' macaques for social media content
Rhesus macaque with implanted head post restrained in 'primate chair' in a German laboratory; Cruelty Free International/SOKO Tierschutz
Inhumane monkey brain research considered "ethical" at Cambridge University
Wild-caught mother and infant long-tailed macaques, Indonesia; Action for Primates
US imports hundreds of wild-caught monkeys from Indonesia for testing laboratories
Long-tailed macaques in cargo crates
Join call to Bluebird Nordic to stop transporting monkeys
Long-tailed macaque Mini, rescued from torture following BBC investigation, with foster mum, Indonesia; JAAN/Sumatra Wildlife Center
UK Online Safety Bill passes: measures to tackle animal cruelty content included
Infant long-tailed macaque abused for 'entertainment' on social media; Action for Primates
US law enforcement takes further action against those involved in online monkey torture
Mother toque macaques with babies, living freely in Sri Lanka; Erwin Vermeulen/Animal Rights
Sri Lanka halts plan to export 100,000 toque macaques to China
BBC: The monkey haters
BBC investigation exposes baby monkey torture groups
Hamlyn's monkey; Lukas Blazek, Dreamstime
The shameful global trade in wild-caught non-human primates continues
Long-tailed macaque, Cambodian breeding farm; Cruelty Free International
Canada disregards US import suspension, allowing hundreds of monkeys from Cambodia to be imported

We use the term primates to refer to non-human primates. Further, although we are in principle opposed to any primate being held in captivity, we know that some individuals who are rescued from private homes, laboratories, zoos and other captive situations cannot be rehabilitated and returned to their natural habitat. We support these individuals being cared for by genuine sanctuaries, in as close to natural conditions as feasible for their entire lives, and not being exploited in any way.

Action for Primates recognises that all animals, not just non-human primates, deserve respect and protection from harm by humans.