Controversial Primate Dealer Flees Miami

18 Jun

Activists claim victory as Primate Products closes facility

from Smash HLS

Doors close at Primate Products in Miami

Doors close at Primate Products in Miami

The workers are gone, the lab specimen boxes have been removed, and the cages that held as many as 500 monkeys are empty. Animal activists with the group Smash HLS are celebrating what has become obvious: Primate Products has closed the doors to its monkey quarantine/holding facility in Doral (7780 NW 53rd Street). For the first time in more than 25 years, the building is empty.

Primate Products, Inc. imports, breeds and sells monkeys for use in experiments to universities, the U.S. military and to pharmaceutical and contract testing companies. The company operates a monkey breeding facility in Immokalee.

Primate Products facility in Immokalee gets a visit in 2011

Smash HLS held its first protest targeting the company in May 2010 and since then has held dozens of loud protests outside the Doral facility and employee homes. Primate Products has lost customers and employees as a result of the campaign.

“When I first learned that hundreds of monkeys were imprisoned in a warehouse in Miami, I had to get involved in the campaign,” said Miami resident and protester Ana Kowalczuk. “It’s not only that I didn’t want this place in my backyard, I didn’t want it in anyone’s backyard!”

Supporters of Smash HLS will meet soon to determine what’s next for the protest group.

A campaign timeline is available upon request.

3 Responses to “Controversial Primate Dealer Flees Miami”

  1. Gene Byrge June 18, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    …but did they siimply move shop to another location? It it is profitable, I doubt they’ll quit the business….not the members of the Church of the Eternal Dollar….

  2. carole fields June 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Keep them on the run…Great work you guys

  3. Animal First June 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    That is great, but that is a good question…

    Where DID THEY GO TO? Just leaving Miami is not something to celebrate until you really find out what happened to the business, and to those poor primates.

    I hope you don’t just stop here.

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