Thursday, June 16, 2005

Endangered rhesus monkey rescued from Abu Dhabi pet shop

C'mon, give the monkey a break.

An endangered rhesus monkey was rescued from a pet shop within hours of a tip-off from a teacher.

A statement from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) Management Authority in the UAE said: "Only two hours after receiving a tip-off from a teacher from one of the emirate's private schools, staff from the UAE Cites Management Authority at the Federal Environment Agency (FEA) raided a pet shop in Al Ain and confiscated a rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta) which was being sold illegally and without the proper documentation.

"Interestingly, these species of monkeys were the first primates to be rocketed into space, which makes them extra special. The Cites in the UAE encourages members of the public to alert the authorities if they suspect any pet shop is trading in species in an illegal manner."

The statement added: "After the specimen was confiscated, pet shop attendants were handed a letter declaring they had violated Article No. 27 of Federal Law No. 11 ( 2002) on Regulating and Controlling the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.


Story here.

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