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So far laisladelosmonos has created 3 blog entries.

Our first (and most important) blog post: Animal Selfies

Instagram has started to censor wild animal selfies - a move we wholeheartedly support. We are 100% behind the protection of wild species and ensuring that animals are not caught and held for tourism. Their decision to ban selfies stems from the disgusting trend of smuggling, poaching and abusing animals for the sake of tourist dollars, something we agree is abhorent and wrong. We want to ensure that our supporters and visitors know that we are not in this space. All of the animals at La Isla de los Monos are rescued from the destructive animal trade and our project is dedicated to their care and release back in to the wild. The ministry of agriculture has deemed our centre to meet the animal welfare standards required for their care. As a result we receive rescued animals from them regularly. We emplore everyone to ensure photos taken with animals on the island are put in the context of our project and the work we are doing. Something we are only able to do currently with the help of tourist donations. Our dream is to completely close the island to tourists and continue our rehabilitation work without any outside influence, however we do not have enough financial support to make this possible at the moment. It is our continued dream and focus to make this a reality. We want to ensure that the animals we protect are never co-erced to take photos. Living cage free means some of our curious and [...]

2018-01-28T18:18:31+00:00 From The Island|

Diagnostic overview of the illegal trade in primates and law enforcement in Peru

Abstract Peru has one of the richest primate faunas of any country. The illegal trade in wild primates is one of the largest threats to this fauna in Peru. We characterize the illegal trade in primates through empirical and ethnographic data. We collected data from traffic routes and centers throughout Peru and evaluate current efforts to combat this traffic. Based on our findings from 2,070 instances of wildlife crime involving 6,872 primates, we estimate the domestic trade in primates for pets and bushmeat in Peru in the hundreds of thousands per year, with the larger bodied Atelidae facing the highest direct consequences. We found that government authorities lack sufficient staff, capacity, resources, infrastructure, and protocols to efficiently combat illegal trade in primates. Also, the complicated legal framework and lack of cooperation and antagonism with the public further limit these efforts. Wildlife authorities in Peru are able to confiscate only a fraction of primates traded and mostly intervene in cases of private pet owners rather than traffickers. We estimate that the current rate of illegal trade in primates is comparable to levels of trade prior to the 1973 ban on primates’ exportation. The combination of direct observations on primate trade and ethnographic data allows a comprehensive look at primate trade in Peru. We call upon decision makers and international funders to channel their efforts toward “on the ground” actions such as increasing the ability of the authorities to act, giving them “in action” training in law enforcement and establishing strict control [...]