ALDF Case Challenging Hendry County’s Approval of Primate Breeding Facilities Going to Trial

Posted on January 13, 2016

Trial Will Determine Legality of Closed-Door Approval Process for Facilities

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Natalia Lima,, 201 679 7088

hendry-county-monkeys-article-image-230pxLABELLE, FL — The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, today announced that its lawsuit challenging Hendry County, Florida’s approval of development permits for two new primate breeding facilities, is headed to trial, after Judge James D. Sloan denied both parties’ motions for summary judgment.

The lawsuit, on behalf of local landowners, alleges that the county’s permitting of the SoFlo Ag and Panther Tracts primate breeding facilities in closed-door conferences, without public notice or meetings, violated the state’s open government law, the Sunshine Law. ALDF looks forward to demonstrating the county’s legal violation at trial and vindicating the rights of local landowners shut out of the government decision-making process on this crucial issue.

The SoFlo Ag and Panther Tracts primate breeding facilities would raise thousands of exotic macaques for sale to the biomedical research industry. The location of the SoFlo Ag facility, within a few hundred yards of family residences, threatens property values and residents’ peaceful enjoyment of their homes.

The proposed primate facilities could also pose a public health danger because of deadly infectious diseases the monkeys can carry; the risk of monkeys escaping; and threats to the surrounding ecosystems and water quality. Moreover, investigations have revealed horrendous conditions for monkeys at other Hendry County primate breeding facilities, including cruelty and neglect.

“The Animal Legal Defense Fund looks forward to laying out the facts documenting the county’s illegal conduct at trial,” said ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “The county clearly violated the Sunshine Law by quietly approving these wild primate facilities in back-door meetings without notice or a public meeting, despite their far-reaching and serious impacts.”


4 thoughts on “ALDF Case Challenging Hendry County’s Approval of Primate Breeding Facilities Going to Trial

  1. Richard Cook says:

    Primate breeding facilities are a dangerous and outdated notion that the ALDF is working to prohibit.I agree with their position entirely.

  2. Consuelo says:

    There are a few interesting points in time in this article but I don’t know
    if I see them all center to heart. There is some validity but I will get hold opinion until I look into it further.
    Good article, thanks and we want more!

  3. SC says:

    “Cruelty and neglect” is never, ever okay, especially when it comes to animals who have done nothing to even remotely deserve such treatment.

  4. Jhanel says:

    Stop the horrific torture of animals and monkeys. You have no spiritual right to condem these beings to such sick are cruel torture.

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