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Oppose monkey farm plans in Florida

Posted: 8 February 2014. Updated: 22 July 2016


ADI’s undercover investigation exposed horrific treatment of monkeys at Biodia, a Mauritian monkey factory farm that supplies US laboratories, and revealed that many of these monkeys could soon be behind bars in new breeding farms in Florida. ADI’s findings came just days after the US Fish and Wildlife Service revealed that monkey imports are on the rise. ADI calls for the US to stop the import of monkeys for experiments or breeding and for the US 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:

  • Workers swinging screaming monkeys by their tails
  • Distressed baby monkeys torn from the arms of their desperate mothers and tattooed without anesthetic
  • Monkeys injected in the eyelids for TB testing
  • Monkeys restrained and injected in view of other animals
  • Animals captured from the wild and used as breeding machines
  • Barren, crowded cages
  • Animals killed and injured from fighting in overcrowded conditions
  • Stressful separation of mothers and babies
  • Rough handling
  • Monkeys wrenched from cages by their tails
  • Netted animals slammed onto concrete floors
  • Heavily pregnant monkeys manhandled and pinned down

3000 monkeys each year are imported from Mauritius to American labs, and hundreds come from Biodia. ADI’s investigation revealed that Biodia’s US trading partner Prelabs is one of several other primate breeding farms establishing strongholds in Hendry County, Florida. Permitting documents indicate upwards of 10,000 monkeys are or soon will be suffering this barbaric life.

ADI President Jan Creamer said: “Floridians are 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 US 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. US primate imports damage 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 As other nations move away from primate research, the US remains in the scientific backwater, clinging to crude, outdated methods while ignoring superior, advanced technology.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.

A Hendry County Circuit Court recently ruled against monkeys and Florida citizens in denying a plea for public notice and hearing under the state’s ‘Sunshine Law’ in permitting these facilities. The ruling relied upon local definitions (or lack thereof) to equate monkeys with livestock, though state law does not include macaques in clear, finite ‘livestock’ definitions. The state wildlife commission, which exerts preemptive powers over captive wildlife, clearly defines macaques as nonnative wildlife. For now, this cruel trade continues.

Take action!

Please urge officials to take measures against the cruel monkey breeding and trade in Florida.

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