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November 2, 2022
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Levy County, Fla. – This week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and greater than 4,000 Gulf Hammock–space residents acquired pressing letters from PETA (letter to DeSantis right here and to residents right here) warning them a few plan to show Levy County right into a monkey importation heart. The Chinese language firm JOINN Biologics has bought 1,400 acres of land and plans to construct an enormous facility to obtain and quarantine newly imported monkeys, successfully establishing the county as one other level alongside the harmful and lethal wildlife-trade chain. The monkeys could be bought and trucked to laboratories throughout the U.S. to be used in barbaric experiments.
PETA’s letters name on Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has spoken out in opposition to the power, and residents to ask him to cease the power from being constructed. The letters notice that monkeys within the wildlife commerce are sometimes harassed, injured, and uncovered to pathogens that may unfold to people. Typically pathogens slip via with out detection throughout quarantine screening, and a few don’t present up till months or years later—and new, unidentified viruses with pandemic-causing potential are a danger, too. JOINN’s facility, which may home hundreds of monkeys a yr, may introduce monkeys’ urine, feces, and different bodily secretions into the setting, the place different animal species could be affected. Some animals would possibly even escape, as has occurred at different monkey services. And earlier this yr, a truck transporting monkeys to a quarantine facility crashed and the animals who escaped have been shot due to the worry that they may very well be carrying harmful pathogens.
“This misguided facility would imply distress for the monkeys warehoused there, and it could put the well being of each Levy County resident in danger,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “We should cease JOINN’s plan earlier than a single brick is laid.”
Lengthy-tailed macaques, one of many species JOINN will more than likely import, at the moment are acknowledged as endangered by the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature—largely resulting from their seize and exploitation as a part of the worldwide wildlife commerce to U.S. laboratories, the place they’re mutilated, poisoned, disadvantaged of meals and water, forcibly immobilized in restraint gadgets, contaminated with painful and lethal ailments, psychologically tormented, and killed.
The land JOINN bought—based on reviews, one of many greatest current Chinese language acquisitions of U.S. land—isn’t zoned for quarantining imported animals, however the firm nonetheless seems to be going forward with its plans.
PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals are usually not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra info on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org or comply with the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.