The Japanese mountain city of Nagano is playing host to the winter Olympics, but an animal rights group says its also host to the slaughter and capture of the popular Macaque monkey.
The Tokyo based ALIVE group has released new footage showing monkeys being captured on the outskirts of the Olympic city for shipping to China.
Japanese Macaque monkeys bathing in a hot spring.
It is one of the scenes that tourists don't want to miss when visiting the Olympic city of Nagano.
But a Tokyo based animal rights group claims these monkeys are being shipped off to laboratories to be used in scientific research.
ALIVE, alleges monkey parks around Japan are selling off the monkeys to pharmaceutical companies and universities as a way of containing an overpopulation problem.
One British based group said it covertly filmed these monkeys and other animals at a research lab in Osaka, central Japan.
And now ALIVE alleges the monkeys surrounding Nagano will also face a similar fate.
"Right now, it is likely that the Jigokudani Monkey Park is trying to drastically cut the number of monkeys and that the Japanese Nerve Science Society is demanding the park to supply the monkeys to the Society for the purpose of experiments on brain nerves."
SUPER CAPTION: Fusako Nogami, Chief of ALIVE
The group released this video footage taken at Jigokudani monkey park on the outskirts of Nagano.
ALIVE says these workers were rounding up the Macaques monkeys for shipping to China.
They allege in 1996 alone, almost ten thousand monkeys were slaughtered, one thousand in Nagano prefecture.
200 monkeys in this park the animal rights group says, are bound for the lab knife.
The park's commercial survival is under serious threat because of dramatically increasing animal numbers over recent years.
"We thought that if supplying captured monkeys was a great help to medical experiments, that would be a better thing to do than simply killing them."
SUPER CAPTION: Eishi Tokida, Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park
Zoologists say animal experiments with wild monkeys have been ongoing for decades in Japan.
The law permits farmers to kill them if they monkeys take agricultural produce.
But there are no guidelines on how you capture monkeys or what you do with them once in captivity.
"Once the monkeys are captured, after that every thing is in the darkness. No one is aware of the actual situation. I myself do not know what is done where and to how many monkeys."
SUPER CAPTION: Professor Kazuo Wada, Zoologist
The capture of these creatures is continuing unabated.
The question for the Japanese authorities is whether they should be preserved or used for research.