Mauritius has been creating international headlines recently not for their beautiful beaches and sunny climate, but for some dark and dirty secrets coming to the surface, all of them concerning animal treatment. The shocking news that this “Paradise Island” is amongst the last ones to export live monkeys to laboratories all over the world has created an international stir and caused animal loving visitors to even cancel their island holidays. Now, as the stormy waters have calmed down a bit, an even more shocking film has been put online, showing the practices at a MSAW (Mauritius Society for Animal Welfare) “shelter”.
There is certainly much more than just sea, sand and sun to be found in Mauritius.
Reflecting a spectacular natural beauty, some truly unique plants once grew all over this tiny island in the middle of the vast Indian Ocean. In fact, due to its isolated location, most plants that grew on Mauritius were endemic and rare. Alas, they were of little value to the conquerors and soon vastly replaced by edible and cultivated species from all over the world. So today, they are rare gems and need to be protected.