Rescue Primates Reportedly Imprisoned in Filthy, Small Cages Facility


Target: Tom Vilsack, United States Department of Agriculture Secretary


Shut down facility where witnesses report chimpanzees suffering extreme neglect, and relocate them to accredited sanctuaries.

The Missouri Primate Foundation (MPF) sounds like a pristine facility for primates, but it appears that could not be further from the truth. According to reports, MPF is just a woman’s dirty home where she keeps 16 chimpanzees and some other primates in cages. Most of the chimpanzees allegedly do not even have access to the outdoors and have little mental or physical stimulation in their cages.

MPF is riddled with filth, feces and cockroaches, according to eyewitnesses. These witnesses say that many of the chimpanzees have bald spots, which is likely due to them pulling their hair out due to stress. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has repeatedly cited and issued MPF an official warning for failing to properly clean the facility and for the lack of mental and physical stimulation for the primates.

Sign this petition and demand the USDA investigate and shut down MPF. It is clear that the citations and warning are not enough and that immediate action must be taken to save these intelligent animals.


Dear Mr. Vilsack,

The Missouri Primate Foundation (MPF) is a name that should sound familiar to you; The facility has been cited by the USDA several times and has been issued an official warning for failing to clean the facilities and for the lack of mental and physical stimulation for the primates. However, the owner has reportedly done nothing to improve her facility and seems to not take your citations and warnings seriously.

According to reports, the MPF is a woman’s home where most of the primates are stuck in cages with no access to the outdoors. It is riddled with filth, feces and cockroaches, according to eyewitnesses. Many of the chimpanzees appear to have bald spots due to hair pulling caused by excessive stress. It is time that immediate action is taken before it is too late.

Please consider shutting down this facility. These intelligent animals should not be treated like this any longer. It is time they are moved to an accredited sanctuary where they can live the life nature intended.


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  1. Cynthia Mattera says:

    Disgusting treatment of such sweet, intelligent creatures. PLEASE consider shutting down this “hell hole” No animal deserves this. Please send them all to a sanctuary. They sure deserve it.

    Thank You!

  2. Barry A Yelen says:

    Not only do something about relocating them, but also arrest the owner for these violations.

  3. Such and intelligent and family oriented animal, they need to be free and or in a sanctuary. Let’s help by telling all to sign the petition and pass it on to their friends.

  4. Chimpanzees are an extremely social and intelligent endangered species. It is inexcusable that the MPF has not be shut down, only cited for animal cruelty–repeatedly, as well as given a warning!
    How much cruelty is the USDA willing to tolerate before these poor primates are relocated to a reputable sanctuary (perhaps, Save the Chimps) and the twisted sadistic owner sent to prison?!!!
    How much misery and extreme neglect will these primates be forced to endure before they become too ill, or maybe die–because the USDA (again) doesn’t seem to care or want to do its job?!

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