HENDRY COUNTY, Fla. – More problems are surfacing for a monkey breeding facility. A new report reveals Primate Products, Inc. located east of Immokalee has until September 12 to completely fix a number of new violations.
That’s after the facility was already cited by the U.S. Department of Agricultur at the end of May for 25 violations. That inspection was prompted by an undercover video taken by PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, months ago.
The USDA came back and inspected the facility again August 11. According to the newly released report for that inspection, they found most of the monkey enclosures were unsanitary and needed to be replaced, and several items with jagged edges that could hurt the monkeys. They also found evidence that several pens were infested by rodents.
Hendry County officials are aware of the violations and tell WINK News they’re on top of it.
“It’s something we’ll continue to monitor to ensure those corrections have been made,” said Hendry County spokesperson Electa Waddell.
In response, PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, told WINK News:
“Following a previous federal inspection that identified more than two dozen violations of federal animal welfare laws, these newest violations reinforce the findings from PETA’s disturbing eyewitness investigation that Primate Products is a decrepit, unsanitary facility where neglect and incompetence force the monkeys to suffer in perilous conditions.”
WINK News contacted Primate Products Wednesday. They told us no one was available to comment.