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The name conjures visions of green meadows and tranquility. It is nestled ten miles from the popular tourist resort of Brighton in beautiful Sussex on the south coast of England... the country described as a "demi paradise"... "a precious stone set in a silver sea"
This infamous Treblinka is Europe's largest concentration camp. Its business slave trading. Last year's export sale in living cargoes were four hundred and fifty thousand pounds sterling... made from misery and suffering.
At Shamrock seven hundred monkeys - half crazed with fear, demented with loneliness and grief, in a cold and inhospitable climate, many suffering from pneumonia, huddle in small metal cages, to be sold to the highest bidder. Doomed to be traded to the professional torturers who will commit crimes against them for financial benefit or for academic 'advancement'.
Every three weeks another planeload of monkeys captured in the wild arrives at London airport - where shielded from public gaze the survivors are sent on the last leg of their barbaric journey.
This is slavery at its worst: Babies, little more than foetuses, fathers who have seen their families massacred aunts, brothers, cousins, mothers without their babies and 30 year old grandparents - as recognisable to each other as we are to each other.
The victims have no voice and are unable to scream to the world the injustices against them... they are the last of the minority groups and we are their only friends...
Photograph Courtesy BUAV
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