The Cyno Breeders Association
The CBA unites the main Cynomolgus monkey breeders in Mauritius, accounting for 90% of the supply to premier international medical research labs
in Europe and North America. Members of the CBA have been operating for the past 38 years and adhere strictly to a cahier des charges that is aligned
with the best international practices in medical research.
Ethical and Regulatory Commitment
CBA members prioritise ethical treatment, adhere to strict regulations, and ensure the highest welfare standards for the monkeys. Our practices
are recognized and accredited by national and international bodies. The members of the CBA operate in strict compliance with current national and
international laws. The sector is highly regulated and overseen by both Mauritian and foreign public institutions, as well as various associations,
through regulatory controls and regular administrative and physical inspections. For instance, on an international level, the export and import of
macaques are governed by the CITES Convention, and their transportation is guided by IATA recommendations.
Mauritian Monkeys and COVID-19 vaccine
Mauritian monkeys played a pivotal role in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, saving countless lives globally
It is publicly acknowledged that four prominent vaccines underwent animal testing (including Mauritian monkeys) in their pre-clinical trials: AstraZeneca & University of Oxford, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer & BioNTech.
Monkeys in Global Health
Monkeys have played a pivotal role in pioneering research, leading to
the development of various medicines and groundbreaking treatments for a multitude
of illnesses such as:
Diabetes 2 | Heart disease | High blood pressure | Metabolic disease
| Cancer | Polio | Malaria | Asthma | Tuberculosis | Parkinson
| Hepatitis | Alzheimer | Blindness | Depression | Fertility issues
| Haemophilia | HIV and various infectious diseases.
The Future of Global Health with Mauritian Monkeys
Mauritian monkeys are at the forefront of current medical research, paving the way for innovative treatments and vaccines that have the potential to revolutionise global health. Current researches:
Dengue, Malaria, Chikungunya.
Universal Vaccines for HIV, all Coronaviruses.
Advanced Stem Cell Research, Immuno Therapeutics, Enhanced Cancer Treatments.
Improved Treatments for Diabetes, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.
How many Monkeys are used in medical research vs other animals?
In Europe and North America, primates used in research represent only 0.5% of the animals used in research. Primate use is only allowed for health disease research and only if no proven alternative exists. CBA members breed and export approximately 12,000 macaques which represent only 10% of the total global usage.
Computers, AI, and Medical Research
While computers and AI have evolved, they cannot yet replicate the intricate dynamics of biological systems. These systems have myriad variables, many still unknown. Current technology cannot accurately simulate such complexity, making real-life testing mandatory for life-saving medical research.
The CBA members directly employ 1300 persons and an additional 5000 indirect employees,
significantly contributing to Mauritius’s employment sector.
Contribution to Mauritian Economy
The industry contributes significantly to the Mauritian economy through exports, Foreign currency inflow,
and a substantial levy amount paid to the National Parks of Mauritius.
total salaries paid to the employees in the Monkey Breeding sector since 2020.
Levy paid since 2020.
The Environmental Balance
The Cynomolgus Macaque, an introduced invasive species in Mauritius, is at the top of the food chain. Without natural predators, their unchecked population threatens the island’s flora, fauna as well as agricultural crops.
Invasion of Monkeys in Residential Areas
The absence of monkey trapping in the past led to ecological imbalances and numerous
public complaints about wild monkey invasions in residential areas.