Netherlands: Campaign against smuggling Barbary Apes

Netherlands: Campaign against smuggling Barbary Apes

Every spring hundreds of baby Barbary Apes are sold in Moroccan markets to European Moroccans on vacation.

(AAP, Barbary Ape dumped in the Netherlands)

This article was prepared by the Islam in Europe blog -

Many of the animals are then brought back home by car. Many times people take pity on the animals and think they'll have a better life in the Netherlands. Often the monkeys destroy property and are then dumped by the AAP (anti-animal smuggling foundation). The foundation told local broadcaster AT5 that in Amsterdam every year a couple Barbary Apes are dumped.

"In combination with losing their habitat, the number of Barbary Apes dropped dramatically in the past 30 years to a frightfully small number of just 3,000 animals," says a spokesperson.

AAP has started a campaign in southern Spain, at a number of parking places from where ferries leave for Morocco.

Source: AT5 (Dutch)

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