Protect Monkeys From Torture and Death in Labs

Macaque monkey

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.

PETITION LETTER:

Ms. Taylor,

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Chris Huh

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14 Comments

  1. Let me make this very clear. I do NOT want my tax dollars supporting primate products. Or any animal testing. What ever we are testing for is not any animals problem! These are labs that are performing tests to Beifit humans and there are NO need for animal experimentation anyway because these methods are outdated. Please STOP all animal testing!!! sTOP hurting animals please!

    • Beth Knalfa says:

      I totally agree, makes me SO angry my tax dollars support this garbage.

    • Tina shurtleff says:

      I so agree with you. A lot of this so called research and testing is all about grant money. The AMA has come out against animal testing because it is useless in most cases.

  2. FOR PITIES SAKE THIS SORT OF THING SHOULD HAVE STOPPED YEARS AGO, THESE POOR HELPLESS FRIGHTENED ANIMALS SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO GO THOUGHT SUCH THINGS. IT IS SICKENING.

    • Alessandra Ferrari says:

      Absolutely right! And who in their right mind who want to carry out these atrocity? Those who are not in their right mind, knowing full well that these heinous system do not work, that Big Pharma and company are not there to cure people or making our life better, on the contrary.
      Boycotting anything that is tested on animals including most doctors and their nasty medication as much as possible is what I have been doing and I hope a lot of people will too.

  3. Natasha polychuk says:

    there’s a video so why say allegedly……..

  4. end all cruel testing on animals now. use non-animal methods for testing and save lives.

  5. Why just monkeys? cats, dogs, rabbits, mice, rats, pigs………………………all go through these tortuous experiments.

  6. It appears to me A member of the “human” defined as follows: primate genus Homo, especially a member of the species Homo sapiens, distinguished from other apes by a large brain and the capacity for speech.”

    More and more every day I despair at the dreadful cruelty that is meted out by a so-called “superior” being with a large brain and able to speak for him/herself – in other words think and speak, cry, feel pain, etc.

    “Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer

    Seriously, if you cannot at least be kind, do not do harm!!!

    ANIMALS ARE NOT COMMODITIES TO BE USED AND ABUSED – GET THAT INTO YOUR HEADS and just know KARMA IS EXTREMELY NASTY!!!!

  7. ANA M FRENCH says:

    This is sickening, heartless, criminal and TOTALLY UNNECESSARY. LABS: GET INFORMED, CONTACT PCRM (PHYSICIANS COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE MEDICINE) THEY ARE ALL DOCTORS AND CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH OPTIONS TO ANIMALS. WITH NOWADAYS TECHNOLOGY, THE USE OF ANIMALS, OTHERWISE PROVED USELESS, IS CRIMINAL AND HEARTLESS.

  8. bev.woodburn@gmail.com says:

    This is absolute sadism and evilness committed against these precious monkeys. Jail the bastards that are seen torturing these helpless and intelligent beings and shut down Primate Products Inc. of horror and terror for all Primates.

  9. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared.

  10. Heartless stop testing on Animals,why don,t you Tast on your Self .

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