Target: Dr. Alison Cronin, Director of MonkeyWorld
Goal: Applaud international cooperation in helping save one monkey and setting precedent to stop poaching
During a drug raid in the Maldives, police seized a slow loris, a member of the primate family, named Buddy. Like many of his species, Buddy is about the size of a sugar packet, so people see slow lorises as cute. This then makes them the victims of trafficking — people want them as pets. Buddy had been taken out of the wild and sold as a pet, to an owner who definitely was not looking after him properly. After the police found Buddy, they took him and cared for them as best they could. They put him in a bird cage and fed him bananas, attempting to nurse him back to health.
Simultaneously, they were asking for help — that someone or some organization better equipped to handle Buddy’s treatment take him in. However, in these circumstances, it is extremely hard to garner international cooperation. In many other situations such as this one, the animal would die without the proper care, or would be euthanized. Without anyone to really properly care for it, the animal becomes both a nuisance and unmanageable.
However, in the case of Buddy, Dr. Alison Cronin became aware of the story. She is the director of MonkeyWorld, a British organization that, among other things, tries to help monkeys that have been hurt by illegal trafficking and poaching. Normally, it is very difficult — nearly impossible — to get an animal overseas without first knowing its medical history and background. However, Dr. Cronin was able to convince the government to allow Buddy into the country.
Dr. Cronin sees this case as going beyond just Buddy and the Maldives. She sees this as a chance to foster international cooperation in many future cases like these. We can use some semblance of diplomacy so that vulnerable animals are able to get the full amount of care that they need. Please sign the petition below to thank Dr. Alison Cronin for beginning this new paradigm for saving victimized animals.
Dear Dr. Cronin,
We want to thank you for your commitment to saving victimized animals with your organization, MonkeyWorld. It is easy to look at animal trafficking in a macro sense, and try to stop it altogether. While this is obviously vital, it is easy to lose sight of the victims of trafficking, of the pets who need to stay in the wild.
We appreciate your commitment to helping Buddy — the slow loris from the Maldives — and hopefully trying to start a dialogue about how these animals are the real victims and how it is our responsibility to save them.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Silke Hahn via Wikimedia Commons