Updates: Campaign to Shut Down the Violent Monkey-Importation Industry

Every year, thousands of monkeys are abducted from their homes and taken away from their families or bred on squalid factory farms to satisfy U.S. experimenters’ insatiable appetite for victims. The animals are thrust into cramped crates and loaded into airplane cargo holds, where they’re forced to languish in darkness and their own waste as they’re transported around the globe. This sordid trade is rife with illegal activity and endangers wild monkey populations and the public. Help us shut it down.

Victory! Following a Push From PETA, Feds Call a Halt to Tearing Monkeys Away From Their Families and Homes

March 2, 2023

Monkeys around the world are safe from being violently abducted for U.S. laboratories following decisive action by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which now requires that all imported monkeys undergo DNA testing to ensure that they were bred in captivity. A testing program of this magnitude could take up to two years to implement, saving thousands of animals in the interim and hopefully prompting the archaic, animal-reliant biomedical research industry to join the 21st century and reimagine laboratory testing without the exploitation of sentient beings.

National Institutes of … Monkey Laundering? PETA Ad Pressures NIH to Release Smuggling Victims to Sanctuaries

February 28, 2023

Is the National Institutes of Health—which purports to be the world’s premier biomedical research agency—neck-deep in the monkey-laundering business? PETA’s ad in The Washington Times points to the agency’s multiyear, multimillion-dollar contracts with companies caught up in the U.S. Department of Justice’s international monkey-trafficking investigation as evidence that hundreds of smuggled animals may be languishing in the agency’s laboratories. The full-page ad calls on readers to take action in defense of monkeys today.

CDC Amps Up Oversight of Lab-Bound Monkeys After PETA Exposes Disease Threat

February 6, 2023

PETA’s been shouting from the rooftops that the monkey-importation industry poses a public health threat—funneling monkeys into the U.S. who may be harboring pathogens that cause Ebola, tuberculosis, melioidosis, and other deadly diseases. Finally, following a PETA exposé of this dangerous industry, the CDC has taken a small but important step toward addressing this disturbing concern. In a statement posted on its website, the agency states that quarantine facilities must report disease symptoms—such as diarrhea, fevers, hemorrhaging, abscesses, weight loss, and vomiting—in newly imported monkeys and must treat monkeys found to be infected with malaria. PETA continues to urge the agency to do more to protect monkeys and the public by banning monkey imports altogether.

PETA Supporters Swoop Into Dulles Airport With ‘No More Monkey Business’ Message for Congress

December 22, 2022

In response to reports that AELF FlightService’s Maleth Aero airline has flown hundreds of long-tailed macaques from Cambodia and Vietnam into Dulles International Airport in Virginia, PETA supporters descended on the departures hall with signs reading, “Congress: No More Monkey Business! Stop Primate Imports!” The demonstrators urged legislators traveling home for the holidays to direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to end all shipments of monkeys to U.S. laboratories.

PETA Primatologist Exposes the Dark Underworld of the International Monkey Trade on NBC Nightly News

December 16, 2022

U.S. TV viewers settling in for their nightly dose of the nation’s top stories received a disturbing primer on the ethically and ecologically disastrous monkey-importation industry from PETA primatologist Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel: “[We’re] literally hoovering these monkeys out of the forest. We are wiping these monkeys off the face of this planet.” Watch the full segment.

Busted! PETA Calls Out Inotiv and Worldwide Primates for Apparent Role in Monkey-Smuggling Ring

November 23, 2022

Color us (not) surprised: PETA sleuths have determined that Inotiv and Worldwide Primates—two companies so unconcerned with ethical conduct that they gleefully import thousands of monkeys to be abused and killed in laboratories each year—are the likely U.S.-based unindicted coconspirators who aided Cambodian officials in tearing monkeys away from their forest homes and illegally passing them off as captive-bred. PETA is calling on both companies to identify any illegally imported monkeys in their facilities and release them to reputable U.S. primate sanctuaries, where they would enjoy the rest of their lives free from exploitation.

Are NIH-Funded Labs Full of Illegally Imported Macaques? Amid Monkey-Smuggling Scandal, PETA Demands Accountability

November 21, 2022

Following the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) indictments of Cambodian officials and others for conspiring to import wild-caught monkeys into the U.S. illegally by passing them off as captive-bred, PETA is demanding that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) extricate itself from this tangled web of criminal activity by identifying any laundered monkeys in laboratories it funds and transferring them to reputable sanctuaries. As PETA notes in its letter to NIH, more than 74,000 long-tailed macaques have been imported into the U.S. from Cambodia since 2017 and the presence of even one laundered wild-caught monkey invalidates the transport permit for the whole shipment. The disturbing result? U.S. government–funded laboratories are likely benefiting from the misery of thousands of victims of this illegal trade.

Feds Indict International Monkey Smugglers Who Supply U.S. Labs; PETA Rejoices

November 16, 2022

“Prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law—and if they’re convicted, don’t ever let them near another monkey again,” PETA’s urging the DOJ following the news of its indictment of eight individuals allegedly involved in an international monkey-laundering and -smuggling ring. The indicted parties—including Cambodian government officials and nationals as well as the owner and staff of Vanny Bio Research (Cambodia) Corporation Ltd., a monkey-breeding farm—allegedly falsely labeled wild-caught monkeys as captive-bred and illegally imported them to the U.S. for sale to laboratories, in felony violation of both the Lacey Act and Endangered Species Act.

Macaque Population Crash Prompts PETA Plea to CDC: Stop Monkey Shipments Now

July 27, 2022

Thanks in no small part to U.S. experimenters’ voracious demand for victims, long-tailed macaques and pig-tailed macaques are careening toward extinction—and PETA’s urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to shut down the forest-to-laboratory pipeline before it’s too late. PETA’s plea to the CDC to end U.S. monkey imports follows the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) alarming reclassification of both species from “vulnerable” to “endangered,” a change that the IUCN itself partly attributes to the species’ popularity in biomedical experimentation.

Monkey Pipeline Pours Deadly Pathogens Into U.S.—PETA Urges CDC to Stop the Flow

July 6, 2022

Monkey shipments can harbor some sinister stowaways: the pathogens that cause melioidosis, dengue fever, leprosy, and other conditions. Every batch of imported primates increases the risk that one of these nasty pathogens will infect the public. PETA dashed off a letter to the CDC urging it to stop putting public health in peril and end the shipment of monkeys to U.S. laboratories immediately.


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“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind