As opposing parties duke it out in court over the use of primates in research, we urge people not to lose sight of the animals (Miami-Dade primate import company in court tussle with aggressive protest group, April 6).
The owner of Worldwide Primates was convicted of animal smuggling, yet continues to sell monkeys for research. Another primate facility is being proposed in Hendry County, despite concerns from residents and a trend involving U.S. primate labs choosing to shut down. Those labs have seen the writing on the wall: Primate research is unsustainable, and scientific advancements that don’t involve harming animals are the future.
The use of violence and intimidation is wrong, and those counterproductive tactics are strongly opposed. Our state is home to some of the best sanctuaries in the country retiring primates from labs. That’s the face of Florida we can all be proud of.
Kate MacFall, Florida state director, The Humane Society of the United States