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September 30, 2022
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Avoyelles Parish, La. – After PETA shared considerations about Jeffrey Quebedeaux’s plan to construct a harmful monkey jail within the space, the Avoyelles Parish Faculty Board—indignant that Quebedeaux hadn’t fulfilled the phrases of his—voted to maintain the monkey enterprise out of city and initiated eviction proceedings to terminate Quebedeaux’s lease and accumulate past-due lease. If accomplished, the power would have been a waystation for 1000’s of endangered monkeys destined for experiments. It could have violated state legal guidelines prohibiting the possession of primates and risked the unfold of ailments.
As PETA defined in letters to the college board and native and federal authorities, monkeys can carry simian hemorrhagic fever virus, Ebola-like viruses, tuberculosis, West Nile virus, malaria, Chagas illness, simian immunodeficiency virus, herpes B, hepatitis, and different infectious pathogens and ailments, which they’ll shed of their feces, saliva, blood, and urine and that are transmissible to people.
“This hell on Earth for monkeys would primarily have held long-tailed macaques, whom experimenters have pushed to the brink of extinction, and it will have posed a severe biohazard to the local people,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “The Avoyelles Parish Faculty Board has made the correct moral and financial resolution—and can be defending public well being.”
Quebedeaux owns the transportation firm behind the high-profile crash earlier this 12 months of a truck carrying 100 long-tailed macaques imported from Mauritius, which despatched dozens of crates holding monkeys—who had not but been quarantined or examined for harmful pathogens—flying into the air, and three escaped monkeys have been in the end shot lifeless. Quebedeaux Transport was additionally concerned in a 2020 incident wherein a truck hauling monkeys caught fireplace.
Monkeys imported to the U.S. to be used in experiments are torn from their houses in nature or raised on squalid breeding farms in Africa or Asia. On the laboratories the place they find yourself, they’re imprisoned in barren cages, force-fed chemical compounds, hooked on cocaine or different medicine, harmed when holes are drilled into their skulls, and finally killed.
After PETA discovered of Quebedeaux’s plans from state information, the group despatched complaints to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA), the mayor of Bunkie, and the Avoyelles Parish Police Jury in addition to the college board. The USDA subsequently turned down Quebedeaux’s software for a analysis allow.
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals usually are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org or comply with the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.