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Nafovanny's maternity clinic. Each cage houses a female macaque and her newborn baby. Mother and baby are kept here for three weeks; the babies are returned for a further four weeks in order to be weaned. Photographed undercover by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection. [1] (video)

Nafovanny in Vietnam is the largest captive-breeding non-human primate facility in the world, supplying long-tailed macaques (Macaca Fascicularis) to animal testing laboratories, including Huntingdon Life Sciences in the UK and Covance in Germany. [2]

Location and size

Located in Long Thanh, Vietnam [3] close to the Cambodian border, Nafovanny consists of two main farms with a total area of 90,000 square meters, able to hold 30,000 monkeys. According to the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), the facility also maintains secret breeding farms on the Cambodian border, in which the BUAV alleges wild monkeys may also be held. The existence of these satellite farms is not referenced in the company's brochure, according to the BUAV. [2]


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The British government approved Nafovanny to export primates to British laboratories in 1999. [2] The British Animal Scientific Procedures Inspectorate visited Nafovanny in March 2005, and identified "shortcomings in animal accommodation and care," but since then the government has "received assurances and evidence that significant improvements have been made." [4]

According to Viet Nam News, 3,000 Nafovanny macaques were exported to the U.S. for testing purposes in 2000. [5] Around 50,000 non-human primates are used each year in the U.S. [6] and 10,000 in Europe, [7][8] 3,000 of them in the UK. [9]

See also


  1. "Conditions at Nafovanny", video produced by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection following an undercover investigation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "About Nafovanny:, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection.
  3. "Animals: Scientific Procedures Inspectorate", Hansard, January 22, 2007, Column 1529W.
  4. "Primates", Hansard, November 23, 2006, Column 231W.
  5. Tran Dinh Thanh Lam. "Kaleidoscope", Viet Nam News, June 28, 2004.
  6. Figures from the U.S. Dept of Agriculture
  7. "Primates, Basic facts", British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection.
  8. Jha, Alok. RSPCA outrage as experiments on animals rise to 2.85m", The Guardian, December 9, 2005.
  9. "Vietnamese Monkey farms feed UK Lab demand", Arkangel.

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