Target: Department of Health and Human Services Chairwoman, Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Goal: Open investigation to hold workers who allegedly abused monkeys accountable.
An undercover video from the People for the Ethical Treatment (PETA) shows workers at a monkey farm in Florida physically abusing primates at the facility. A report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) states that primates at the facility known as Primate Products Inc. suffered “trauma, pain, injuries and stress.” Federal and district authorities are now looking into this horrible monkey breeding farm in Hendry County because of recent video footage showing workers abusing primates so forcefully that they have injuries such as exposed tailbones.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund immediately filed a lawsuit against Hendry County by claiming that Primate Products Inc. facilities were approved without public hearings, which are a requirement by the county. In addition, they allege that the company conducted illegal experiments on the primates. The lawsuits have caught the attention of not only Hendry County officials, but of people everywhere who had no idea this cruelty was happening.
Three U.S. representatives are asking the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to open its own investigation into the matter, since Hendry County officials seem to be dragging their feet on this serious issue. Democrats Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel and Alcee Hastings delivered a letter urging HHS chairwoman Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take action.
Supplying monkeys for biomedical research is wrong and cruel, but what is even worse is abusing these poor animals for no reason when they are already suffering in the name of science. Your voice needs to be added to urge HHS to take this issue seriously and open their own investigation. Please sign the petition below to support these three representatives and punish these workers for their alleged acts of cruelty.
Dear Chairwoman Burwell,
As you are aware, recent evidence of workers at Primate Products Inc. abusing primates at the facility has surfaced and needs to be addressed by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Video footage by the People for the Ethical Treatment clearly shows workers from this horrible facility physically abusing primates so badly that some of them had exposed tailbones. Unfortunately, Hendry County is slow moving on this issue. I am in agreement with representatives Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel and Alcee Hastings in that the Department of Health and Human Services needs to step in and conduct their own investigation.
Please take animal cruelty seriously and stop the abuse that these poor animals have endured. Primate Products Inc. needs to be held accountable and their facilities shut down for good.
[Your Name Here]
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