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Fish and Wildlife Service: Cease All Transport of Monkeys Linked to Cambodia Indictments, Says PETA

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December 15, 2022

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Washington – PETA  referred to as on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) right this moment to instruct all registered importers who’ve acquired monkeys from Cambodia since 2018 to cease the sale and switch of each monkey of their custody whereas a legal investigation right into a scheme to import monkeys into the U.S. illegally is ongoing.

PETA rushed a letter to Edward Grace, assistant director of the FWS Workplace of Legislation Enforcement, following U.S. Division of Justice (DOJ) indictments final month of Cambodian authorities officers and nationals who allegedly conspired to import long-tailed macaques into the U.S. illegally.

The monkey importers embody Inotiv and Worldwide Primates, probably the unnamed, unindicted coconspirators within the scheme. Transport data obtained by PETA reveal that since 2018, Inotiv and Worldwide Primates have collectively shipped greater than 15,000 long-tailed macaques to laboratories nationwide, together with to the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Providers.

The DOJ’s indictment alleges felony violations of each the Lacey Act and the Endangered Species Act in a conspiracy to promote macaques kidnapped from their forest houses and handed off as farm-bred animals. Lengthy-tailed macaques and pig-tailed macaques had been listed as an endangered species by the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) earlier this 12 months.

“Every endangered long-tailed macaque who could have been illegally ensnared by the vile and voracious experimentation trade deserves the fullest safety of the FWS,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA calls on the company to take this essential step to uphold the legislation and spare susceptible monkeys struggling and dying in terrifying laboratories.”

The IUCN has projected that on the present charge, long- and pig-tailed macaques’ populations in nature will decline by 50% over the following three generations of monkeys. Laboratory demand for these once-numerous animals is a significant component of their dramatic decline.

PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals are usually not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. 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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