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January 12, 2024
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Decatur County, Ga. – A PETA scientist will be a part of native residents on the Bainbridge Metropolis Council assembly on Tuesday, urging council members to reverse course and cease a plan to construct the biggest monkey warehouse within the U.S., able to holding 30,000 monkeys—twice the human inhabitants of the city—in addition to risking the unfold of infectious ailments and the potential for ecological catastrophe.
Metropolis and county officers have already agreed to greater than $58 million in handouts—together with a 20-year tax abatement scheme and 200 acres of public land price $2 million—in a bid to safe development of the power that, if constructed, could be the biggest monkey-holding facility within the Western Hemisphere.
“In a bid to draw a number of jobs—a lot of them low-paying and risking publicity to zoonotic ailments—metropolis and county officers have rolled out the purple carpet for an unethical plan by some questionable characters that might spell ecological catastrophe and probably spark the following pandemic,” says PETA primate scientist Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel, who will attend the assembly. “PETA urges Bainbridge officers to withdraw their help and shut down this venture earlier than a shovel hits the filth.”
An endangered long-tailed macaque monkey. Credit score: PETA
Safer Human Drugs, the corporate searching for to construct the colossal facility, was solely not too long ago established by former executives from different large gamers within the monkey-supply trade: Envigo, Covance, and Charles River Laboratories, which is presently underneath civil and felony investigation by the U.S. Division of Justice for attainable violations of the Endangered Species and Lacey acts.
The proposed facility targets land lower than half a mile from the Flint River, which offers farmers with water for crop irrigation and in the end flows into the Gulf of Mexico. It might dwarf the following largest related facility within the U.S., which is owned by Envigo and situated in Alice, Texas, and cages 6,000 to 11,000 monkeys, creating about 22,000 gallons of wastewater stuffed with feces, urine, and different bodily fluids from the animals each day.
At full capability, the proposed facility in Bainbridge would produce greater than 440,000 gallons of wastewater a day—sufficient feces, urine, saliva, and different fluids to almost fill an Olympic-size swimming pool each day. This poses a significant threat of environmental harm to close by land.
PETA not too long ago uncovered an outbreak of tuberculosis in imported monkeys at a Michigan laboratory after the animals had cleared quarantine. Imported monkeys have been arriving within the U.S. with a lethal micro organism that may be shed into the soil and water, authorities paperwork present. Mosquitoes and different bugs prevalent within the space surrounding the proposed facility might feed on the monkeys, spreading pathogens to people.
One other proposed monkey facility, which presents related ecological penalties, is deliberate in Brazoria County, Texas. Native activists have joined with PETA to cease the venture.
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals aren’t ours to abuse in any manner”—factors out that Each Animal Is Somebody and presents free Empathy Kits for individuals who want a lesson in kindness. For extra info on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on X (previously Twitter), Fb, or Instagram.