Target: Hendry County Commissioner Janet Taylor
Goal: Shut down company that provides primates to labs where they are tortured and killed in experiments.
Last year, an undercover People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) investigation alleged that monkeys are being brutalized and neglected by employees of Primate Products Inc, a Florida-based company that imports, confines and sells monkeys for experimentation. Employees in a video can be seen chasing after terrified monkeys and handling them roughly by their tails, which according to animal behaviorist Dr. Marc Bekoff, can “cause the animals severe behavioral stress, anxiety and fear.”
Other employees with no veterinary training were recorded “pushing monkeys’ internal tissues, which protruded from their anuses—possibly as a result of stress—back into their bodies.” Animal behaviorist Dr. Nicholas Dodman asserted that “this procedure would cause the monkey fear and pain and unnecessary suffering.”
Injured monkeys were left untreated for days. One monkey, which had an exposed vertebra in her tail, was neglected for a week putting her at risk of infection and death. Monkeys suffering from chronic illness were denied the mercy of euthanasia and made to suffer and die in their cages.
Workers with no veterinary training were seen pulling monkeys’ teeth out. One monkey had part of his tail cut off. All of this was done without sufficient anesthesia, meaning the monkeys suffered through the painful procedures.
In the winter, most monkeys were allegedly kept in unheated concrete pens that provide no protection for their feet. Some sustained frostbite, with one reportedly dying as a result. Workers sometimes sprayed bleach into the pens without first removing the monkeys, exposing them to the dangerous chemical.
Over the years, Primate Products Inc. “has been awarded federal contracts worth more than $13 million—including by the National Institutes of Health, the Army and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” The horrifying footage obtained during PETA’s investigation led to a United States Department of Agriculture investigation, and yet Primate Products Inc. is still in business. Please sign the petition below urging Hendry County Commissioner Janet Taylor to shut down this inhumane facility.
An undercover investigation of Primate Products Inc. (PPI) last year revealed a shocking lack of consideration for the health and emotional well-being of monkeys on the part of the PPI staff. Employees with no veterinary training were recorded chasing terrified monkeys and catching them by their tails; pushing internal tissues back into their bodies without a veterinarian present; deliberately neglecting chronically ill monkeys that required medical treatment; and extracting teeth without adequate anesthesia.
These practices are in clear violation of standard animal welfare regulations, not to mention basic human decency. No sentient being should be made to suffer such extreme pain and torment unnecessarily. It distresses me to know that PPI is still permitted to purchase, confine and experiment on monkeys in your county.
Hendry County has the ability to protect these innocent creatures. I urge you to please help stop the rampant exploitation of primates by shutting down Primate Products Inc. Doing so would be a significant victory for nonhuman animals everywhere.
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Photo Credit: Chris Huh