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Chris Brown’s Monkey Seller Will get License Terminated by Feds

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January 6, 2023

Robin Goist 202-483-7382

Parrish, Fla. – Following a push from PETA, the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) has terminated the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) license of Florida-based exotic-animal vendor Jimmy Wayne Hammonds (aka “The Monkey Whisperer”), blocking him from legally promoting primates for the pet commerce for at the least the subsequent yr. The choice stems from Hammonds’ responsible pleas to federal fees associated to the unlawful sale and transport of primates—together with his infamous sale of a capuchin monkey to singer Chris Brown.

PETA had submitted a grievance to the USDA stating that the company had trigger to terminate Hammonds’ license as his convictions embrace felony conspiracy to commit wildlife trafficking and three counts of violating the Endangered Species Act, prompting the USDA’s enforcement motion.

“Unique animals aren’t pets, playthings, or props for celebrities, they usually’re not enterprise transactions both,” says PETA Basis Director of Captive Animal Regulation Enforcement Michelle Sinnott. “PETA is celebrating the USDA’s choice to strip this felon of a license earlier than he may exploit extra weak animals.”

In 2017, PETA alerted California officers to Brown’s illegal possession of the capuchin, which resulted within the animal’s seizure by the state and two misdemeanor fees levied in opposition to Brown. In line with the search warrant affidavit, it was PETA’s grievance relating to Brown that triggered regulation enforcement to research Hammonds. The affidavit additionally signifies that officers believed that Hammonds had bought two spider monkeys to rapper Swae Lee. PETA additionally alerted California wildlife officers to Lee’s illegal possession of those spider monkeys, which led to the seizure of at the least one among them.

PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals aren’t ours to abuse in any method”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. A duplicate of PETA’s grievance to the USDA is accessible right here. For extra data on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to or comply with the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.



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