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The lives of 1,000 monkeys, illegally imported into the U.S. by notorious laboratory supplier Charles River Laboratories, hang in the balance. These animals have been caught up in a massive, ongoing federal investigation into monkey importers here and in Asia.
The feds—who are conducting parallel criminal and civil investigations into Charles River—have said that the 1,000 monkeys can’t be sold to labs in the U.S. The monkeys were allegedly snatched from their forest homes but imported as captive-bred—a violation of federal law. Charles River, apparently thinking about the money and not the monkeys, wants to send them back to Cambodia and from there to other countries to be experimented on.
PETA has been advocating for these monkeys for many months. We and tens of thousands of our supporters have said loud and clear that there’s no way these animals are going back into the trafficking pipeline to be sold to experimenters and killed. They must go to a sanctuary, and we’ve found an excellent one, operated by Born Free USA, that will gladly take them.
So far, we’ve kept the monkeys in this country. But they’re not safe yet.
Charles River brought these animals to the U.S. It robbed them of their homes and families. It stole their freedom. Now the company must be made responsible for their lifetime care.
PETA has pledged $1 million toward sending the monkeys to Born Free’s sanctuary. Now we need the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Department of Justice to compel Charles River to pay the rest.
ACT NOW! Time is of the essence. Please contact your members of Congress and respectfully ask them to urge these agencies to send the 1,000 monkeys to a sanctuary and to demand that Charles River pay for it.