Posted: 8 February 2014. Updated: 8 March 2016
ADI’s undercover investigation exposing horrific treatment of monkeys at Biodia, a Mauritian monkey factory farm that supplies US laboratories, also revealed that many of these monkeys could soon be behind bars in a new breeding farm in Florida. ADI’s findings came just days after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revealed that monkey imports are on the rise. ADI is calling for the U.S. to stop the import of monkeys for experiments or breeding and for the U.S. to join the international move away from monkey experiments.
The ADI investigation took place inside Biodia, one of several Mauritian farms breeding long-tailed macaques for experiments. Findings include:
3000 monkeys a year are imported from Mauritius to American labs, and hundreds from Biodia. ADI’s investigation revealed that Biodia’s US trading partner Prelabs has plans to “establish the first Mauritius breeding colony in the US” in Labelle, Florida. It appears that the facility will operate under the name “Primera.”
ADI President Jan Creamer said: “Floridians will be horrified to hear about plans to set up a new monkey farm on their doorstep. Female monkeys will be locked in tiny boxes and flown thousands of miles from Mauritius to breed babies for experiments if these plans go ahead. The poor U.S. regulations on primate experiments and imports are shameful, allowing unnecessary suffering, fear, pain and distress to intelligent and highly developed animals when alternatives already exist. U.S. primate imports also cause damage to wild populations and the wider environment. As other nations move away from primate research, the US remains in the scientific backwater, clinging to crude, outdated methods instead of advanced technology. This trade is cruel and unjustified.”
Hendry County is now an epicenter for US primate breeding, despite opposition. ADI reached out to state and national legislators, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Hendry County Commissioners, the city of LaBelle, and stakeholders in opposition to this cruel industry, whose horrors are evident in one ADI investigation of a Mauritius breeding farm.