PETA Names Possible U.S.-Based mostly Unindicted Coconspirators in DOJ Monkey-Smuggling Case, Calls for Launch of Monkeys to Sanctuaries

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November 23, 2022

Amanda Hays 202-483-7382

Washington – Please see the next assertion from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo concerning the U.S. Division of Justice’s current indictments of eight Cambodian nationals and two unindicted coconspirators recognized as U.S. primate importers situated in Miami, Florida and Alice, Texas, for conspiring within the alleged unlawful importation of untamed long-tailed macaques:

Based mostly on proof within the U.S. Division of Justice’s grievance and filings with the U.S. Securities and Alternate Fee regarding a monkey-smuggling ring, PETA believes that Inotiv, which owns two monkey amenities in Alice, Texas, and the Miami-based Worldwide Primates are the unindicted coconspirators that allegedly aided the accused events. In line with the indictment, the coconspirators knowingly bought monkeys who had been taken from their forest properties in Cambodia and handed them off as captive-bred. PETA calls for that Inotiv and Worldwide Primates disclose the variety of Cambodian long-tailed macaques they’re presently holding, determine any who had been captured and/or delivered to the U.S. illegally, and launch them to respected primate sanctuaries within the U.S. the place they might take pleasure in first rate lives. Each corporations should bear all bills related to the lifetime care of any animals illegally imported. Since 2017, practically 75,000 long-tailed macaques have been bought from Cambodia by U.S. industrial primate importers and made accessible on the market to 3rd events, together with the Nationwide Institutes of Well being, the Biomedical Superior Analysis and Improvement Authority, contract analysis organizations, U.S. navy analysis amenities, and plenty of private and non-private universities to be used in experiments. All these entities should instantly droop any experiments being carried out on long-tailed macaques from Cambodia and decide whether or not the animals had been trafficked or introduced legally into the U.S.

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