PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has learned that the Canadian government has arranged to purchase monkeys from the notorious Florida-based monkey dealer Primate Products, Inc. (PPI), which imports primates taken from the wild or bred on squalid factory farms in order to sell them for use in terrifying, painful, and often deadly experiments. Following a disturbing eyewitness investigation, PPI was recently cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for at least 25 serious animal welfare violations.
PETA's investigation revealed that PPI has allowed monkeys to suffer from fully or partially missing fingers and tails; performed tail amputations on monkeys in filthy conditions and without adequate pain relief; violently chased and grabbed monkeys, causing them pain and injury; crudely ripped out monkeys' teeth by hand; and housed monkeys in freezing conditions with no heat, causing them to sustain severe frostbite. PPI is currently under investigation by U.S. authorities and being scrutinized by members of Congress.
The Canadian government must cut ties with the company for good.