Target: Governor of Florida, Rick Scott
Goal: Close all monkey research facilities in Hendry County for alleged abusive practices.
Hendry County, Florida has been receiving media attention recently due to three monkey research facilities in the area. These research facilities have sparked federal investigations when three macaques were allegedly electrocuted to death. There have also been reports of abuse and neglect at these facilities, and the county is trying to construct a fourth facility. It is unethical for the county to commission another building when current conditions do not adequately provide for the monkeys in residence. Tell Governor Rick Scott to close down the facilities in Hendry County so further monkeys are not harmed or killed by human hands.
Three different animal welfare organizations have gotten involved. Animal Legal Defense Fund is trying to block the county’s attempts at building a fourth monkey breeding center which would have 3,200 macaques in residence. An animal activist in Ohio has reported Primate Products, another monkey research facility, to the USDA when the witness found three dead macaques, dead by electrocution. The third complaint comes from The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, which stated that monkeys are being caught off of Mauritius and shipped to Florida for research and breeding purposes. The other research facility involved in this is Primera, which is owned by Chicago-based company PreLabs.
Public opinion has shifted towards releasing these monkeys into shelters and to stop taking them from the wild. Animal welfare activists do not believe it is ethical to abuse and mistreat animals for the sake of cosmetics, as these animals suffered from welts, tumors, respiratory problems, and even cancer from testing. If you believe these monkeys shouldn’t be mistreated for research, please sign this petition. Tell Governor Rick Scott that our animals deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.
Dear Governor Rick Scott,
Recently, Hendry County has gained media attention thanks to a flood of complaints regarding the alleged mistreatment of monkeys at three research facilities. These monkeys have been found dead, with their enclosures filthy, and housing thousands of creatures. There is also concern that these animals could harbor potentially dangerous diseases such as Ebola, which can be transferred from primate to primate.
The citizens of Hendry County are concerned that a fourth research facility will be erected without their consent. At the moment, it doesn’t seem like that facility will be constructed, but as a concerned human being I am not comfortable with any facility that repeatedly mistreats animals. I urge you to close down these research facilities until investigations can be completed.
[Your Name Here]
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