National Anti-vivisection Society


National Antivisection Society

Monkey breeder Mazor Farm set to close?

Posted: 8 January 2013. Updated: 11 July 2013


Mazor Farm in Israel is a notorious monkey breeder, supplying the vivisection industry, importing wild-caught monkeys from Mauritius, then selling their offspring to labs around the world. A high fence surrounds a series of sheds from which the piercing cries of the monkeys cut through the air.

Following repeated pressure from campaigners, Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection Gilad Erdan has pledged to do all he can to close down Mazor Farm stating that “Israel should not be a center for monkey trade for other countries”.

In June 2012 restrictions were placed on the export of monkeys from the facility. However, Mazor Farm still remained open and as the 2013 Israeli elections fast approached, time for Minister Erdan to take action was running out.

Media reports in January 2013 announced that the Attorney General supported calls to ban the import and export of monkeys to Mazor Farm but that there was no legal justification to bar the use of primates for medical research within Israel itself.

Before the promised ban can take effect, which it has been stated will be phased in over a two-year period, legislation must be introduced.

The NAVS and ADI will be supporting efforts to ensure that the ban is implemented as promised and we will continue to fight to end the trapping of wild monkeys by breeding establishments.

  • Take action! - Our friends at Monkey Struggle in Israel have a petition to urge airline EL-AL to stop transporting primates from Mazor Farm to research laboratories. Please help – sign the petition!

Monkeys born in Mazor Farm find freedom

Betty, Boo and Baloo (the “3Bs”) were born in Mazor Farm, to parents torn from the wild. When the “3Bs” were 2 years old they were shipped off to a major European lab to be used for neurology experiments. When they were deemed no longer of use, the monkeys were destined to be killed but when ADI heard of their fateful plight we were able to negotiate their freedom. Now these three little monkeys enjoy a life of sanctuary, in a woodland setting in the UK, safe and happy, their days in the lab now far behind them.

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