Animal Defenders International (ADI), an animal welfare organization, has exposed one U.S. company's plan to build a lab monkey factory farm in Florida, according to a new report. ADI found that Prelabs, a company that contracts out primates for testing and research, has been developing plans for its own monkey breeding operation, based on the current methods of one of its business partners, a Mauritian company called Biodia.
ADI recently concluded an undercover investigation of Biodia, which runs a large-scale factory farm that exports hundreds of long-tailed macaques to the U.S. for lab use each year. The organization found that monkeys experienced "horrific treatment" at the farm: animals were subject to a host of abuses, from living in stuffy, cramped cages to being held by the tail and slammed against concrete floors.
ADI released its findings just days after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service announced that monkey imports are on the rise; according to the organization's estimates, approximately 3,000 lab monkeys come from Mauritius each year. (The same country where the dodo bird went extinct.)