Previously on this blog (here and here), we’ve told you about veterinarians who appear to have forgotten their oath to prevent animal suffering. Unfortunately, we have another Florida veterinarian to add to the list.
Dr. Suzanne Billiar is the staff veterinarian at the Silver Springs theme park and also has her own clinic (All Pets Clinic) in Ocala. Following last month’s alert that wild monkeys living along the banks of the Silver River are being trapped and sold into the research industry, ARFF received a tip that Dr. Billiar was conducting the required pre-shipment inspections of the trapped monkeys. ARFF attempted to get an explanation from Dr. Billiar, but we have not received a response to our phone messages and emails.
If Dr. Billiar is indeed making it possible for monkeys to be shipped to a cruel death in a research or testing lab, it is particularly disappointing because her Facebook page is full of photos of “Journey,” her pet siamang. There’s no doubt that she is familiar with the intelligence and sensitivity of nonhuman primates.
Please contact Dr. Billiar and politely urge her to end her involvement in the cruel trapping and sale of monkeys for vivisection.
Click here to sign ARFF’s petition asking the Florida Park Service to halt the trapping of monkeys at Silver River State Park.