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Transporter Concerned in PA Monkey Truck Crash Shuts Down After PETA Complaints

Infamous Transporter Had Deliberate to Construct Huge Monkey Import and Quarantine Facility

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January 5, 2023

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Washington – The animal trucking firm concerned in a high-profile Pennsylvania crash final yr has shut down after PETA submitted proof to the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Division of Transportation (DOT) that the corporate seemed to be illegally transporting monkeys to laboratories.

The proprietor of Quebedeaux’s Transport, Jeff Quebedeaux, introduced the closure on LinkedIn, and it was confirmed to PETA by the DOT. The transfer follows Quebedeaux’s failed try to show a defunct Louisiana human jail right into a quarantine facility that might home a whole bunch of monkeys imported into the U.S. to be used in laboratories.

“PETA’s persistence has flushed Quebedeaux’s Transport—and its plan to construct a large monkey quarantine facility at a dilapidated human jail—down the drain the place it belongs,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “We are actually calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to finish the importation of monkeys destined for laboratories.”

After final January’s crash spilled dozens of crates holding monkeys—who had not but been quarantined to rule out zoonotic illness infections—onto the freeway, permitting a number of to flee, PETA uncovered proof that the corporate appeared to have illegally transported a whole bunch of long-tailed macaques and was planning to develop to incorporate the quarantine facility in Bunkie, Louisiana.

PETA despatched complaints to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and the USDA and offered native and state officers with details about the potential hazards of warehousing monkeys in a decrepit jail. Quebedeaux was denied the licenses wanted to warehouse monkeys, and the native and state businesses cracked down on his proposal for a quarantine facility.

PETA’s request to the DOT to analyze Quebedeaux additionally revealed that Inotiv’s Orient BioResource Middle, a industrial monkey importer already beneath investigation by the U.S. Division of Justice as a co-conspirator in an alleged monkey-laundering scheme, had falsely listed Quebedeaux because the transport firm on a number of shipments to services in 2022.

For years, Quebedeaux’s vans crisscrossed the U.S. carrying a few of the tens of 1000’s of monkeys imported and used for experimentation. The overwhelming majority of the monkeys transported had been long-tailed macaques—considered one of two species of monkeys pushed to the brink of extinction by experimenters’ calls for. These monkeys—who can harbor ailments transmissible to people—land at U.S. airports and journey on U.S. highways, typically for 1000’s of miles, earlier than reaching quarantine services.

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