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September 8, 2022
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Houston – Armed with reports that Maleth Aero this month shipped 360 endangered long-tailed macaque monkeys from Cambodia to Houston, ultimately destined for a notorious monkey facility in Alice, Texas, PETA filed a lawsuit with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) calling for an urgent investigation. Maleth Aero, acquired by AELF FlightService in 2021, allegedly transported the monkeys despite not having a carrier registration with the USDA, in clear violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) . It is the second airline in as many months that appears to be flying monkeys illegally into the United States.
PETA filed a lawsuit Aug. 23 with the USDA after learning that Hainan Airlines allegedly illegally shipped 720 monkeys to another facility in Alice in August, even though the USDA canceled the airline’s registration in May. making this shipment another apparent violation of the AWA. Both Alice facilities are operated by Inotiv, whose Envigo’s infamous beagle breeding facility was recently closed following PETA’s exposure of its horrific treatment of dogs.
Long-tailed macaques are now recognized as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, largely due to their trapping and exploitation in the international wildlife trade towards American laboratories, where they are mutilated, poisoned, deprived of food and water, forcibly immobilized in restraints, infected with painful and deadly diseases, psychologically tormented and killed. Many are imported from unsanitary farms in Asia and can harbor infectious zoonotic diseases.
“Hundreds of terrified and endangered monkeys were stuffed into wooden boxes and forced to endure a long and arduous journey, ending up in a laboratory. These monkeys will never return to the forests of Asia,” says Kathy Guillermo, Senior Vice President of PETA. “AELF FlightService is not above the law, and PETA is asking the USDA to investigate the suspicious monkey shipments reported by this company, to everybody Sake.”
PETA is also asking the USDA to investigate AELF FlightService for possibly illegally transporting monkeys on flights in August from Vietnam and Cambodia to Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, D.C.
PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment with” — opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information on PETA’s information gathering and reporting, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, FacebookWhere instagram.