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After a five-year investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently announced indictments of multiple individuals—including Cambodian government officials—allegedly involved in a monkey-laundering and -smuggling ring that supplied U.S. laboratories with long-tailed macaques captured in their forest homes in Cambodia and falsely identified as captive-born.
Following the indictments, shipments of monkeys from Cambodia were suspended—but now they’re coming into the U.S. again. We must stop them.
The exploitation of long-tailed macaques has been so catastrophic that their conservation status was recently elevated to “endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The alleged false labeling of these monkeys as “captive-bred” is a crime that appears to be enabled by greedy American animal experimenters who refuse to admit that their studies are killing monkeys, failing to help humans, and decimating wild populations.
We applaud the FWS for its investigation. Now, please join us in urging the agency not to allow even one more shipment of these sensitive, intelligent individuals slated to be tormented and killed in laboratories!