Hendry County’s controversial monkey breeding industry
Hendry County, Florida has the unfortunate distinction of being a center for the breeding of monkeys for use in research and testing. There are more monkey breeding facilities in Hendry County than any other community in the United States.
- Primate Products imports and sells monkeys to universities, the U.S. military and to pharmaceutical companies. In 2002, Primate Products opened a breeding facility called Panther Tracks Learning Center off of State Road 29. (Photo: Monkeys inside Primate Products; from a 2015 investigation by PETA)
- The Mannheimer Foundation operates a large breeding/research facility near LaBelle called Haman Ranch.
- Bioculture, a company based on the African island of Mauritius, opened a breeding facility in Hendry County in 2014.
- PreLabs, a Chicago-based company, opened a research facility on the Hendry/Lee county line in 2016. Operating under the name Primera Science Center, the facility may house as many as 3,000 monkeys.
Inside Hendry County’s monkey breeding facilities, thousands of monkeys are imprisoned in concrete and wire enclosures to produce offspring who will suffer and die in laboratories. Many of these wild monkeys arrived in Florida after a treacherous, long-distance trip from countries such as China and Mauritius. The international trade in these intelligent and sensitive animals causes enormous suffering.
In addition to concerns for animal welfare, keeping hundreds or thousands of monkeys closely confined may cause groundwater pollution or other environmental problems. Animal escapes is another potential danger.
Unfortunately, Hendry County has chosen not to hold public hearings to allow residents the opportunity to learn about and comment on these controversial facilities.
You Can Help
Contact the Hendry County Commission and ask that they put a stop to the expansion of the monkey breeding industry. Hendry County deserves to be known for its natural beauty, history and friendly people, and not as a center for the breeding of monkeys destined for cruel laboratory experimentation. Monkeys deserve to live free from suffering, confinement and abuse. Help us stop this cruel trade! Contact:
Hendry County Board of County Commissioners
PO Box 1760
LaBelle, FL 33975
Commissioner Emma Byrd
Commissioner Darrell Harris
Commissioner Mitchell Wills
Commissioner Michael Swindle
Commissioner Karson Turner
Animal Rights Foundation of Florida
PO Box 39352, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33339
Promoting respect and compassion for animals in Florida has been the mission of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida since 1989.
The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.