May 15th, 2012 by admin
The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida and the BUAV, a UK animal protection organization, have vowed to campaign to try to block the establishment of a fourth monkey breeding facility in Florida. The plan has come to light following a tip that another company supplying monkeys to the U.S. research industry is looking to establish itself in the state. According to information leaked to the two organizations, PreLabs, a contract research organization in Chicago is collaborating with a primate company from Mauritius to purchase land on Wheeler Road in the City of Labelle (Hendry County). Biodia, the primate company in Mauritius, currently exports macaques to the U.S. research industry.
The three other primate facilities in Florida are Primate Products, Worldwide Primates and the Mannheimer Foundation. Primate Products has recently announced a collaboration with another Mauritius company called Cynologics. Mauritius is the world’s second largest exporter of monkeys for the research industry and is a major supplier of primates to the U.S., including those taken from the wild. A recent investigation by the BUAV uncovered the cruelty and suffering inflicted on the island’s wild population of long-tailed macaques.
If the proposal goes ahead, this will be devastating news for the monkeys on Mauritius. It will mean thousands of wild monkeys will be ripped from their homes and torn from their families, shipped to the U.S. and imprisoned in breeding farms to produce offspring who will suffer and die in laboratories. The cruelty and suffering inflicted on these highly social and intelligent animals is morally unacceptable.
Please contact the Hendry County Economic Development Council and the County Commission and politely request that they reject any proposal to establish this monkey breeding farm:
Tristan Chapman, Chairman
Hendry County Board of County Commissioners
Gregg Gillman, President
Hendry County Economic Development Council