Last month, we learned Charles River Laboratories was shipping 1,000 illegally-imported, endangered, long-tailed macaques back to Cambodia—and almost certain death—apparently with the blessing of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).
These 1,000 monkeys illegally imported by Charles River Laboratories are still being held in Houston—there’s no time to lose!
Nonhuman primates, especially macaques like those stuck in Houston, are commonly used in experimentation and bred in countries around the world for this very purpose. Each year in the U.S., approximately 70,000 nonhuman primates are used in invasive and painful experiments, including pharmaceutical tests, vaccine development, maternal deprivation experiments, invasive brain experiments, and much more.
Although it’s illegal to import wild-caught monkeys to the U.S., there is high demand for monkeys by the experimental industry, leaving these endangered animals vulnerable to the smuggling pipeline.
Please tell the leaders of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that illegally trafficked nonhuman primates should be placed immediately into sanctuaries, not returned, or sent to the animal experimentation industry.