EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – PETA officials say they have uncovered evidence that the trucking company, Quebedeaux’s Transport, committed a serious violation of federal animal welfare law.
According to reports, Quebedeaux’s Transport became famous for transporting monkeys to laboratories across the country. Officials say the company transported 46 monkeys to BioAnalytical Systems Inc. in Mount Vernon when they were barred from doing business due to an out-of-order order from the US Department of Transportation. The order was issued after the company in question refused to submit to a safety audit required by the DOT.
Authorities say PETA filed a complaint with U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Administrator Betty J. Goldentyer on Nov. 3, asking for an investigation and, if warranted, the maximum fines under the law.
Reports indicate that Quebedeaux’s Transport’s USDA license to transport animals was canceled in August. However, court documents show that in October the company transported four elderly long-tailed macaques, a species listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The monkeys began in a breeding operation in Florida and were reportedly transported to Arizona State University by the shipping company.
“This trucking company is illegally delivering fragile, endangered monkeys to certain torment and death in labs,” said PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “Quebec’s transportation has a long history of recklessness and endangering the public, and PETA is calling on federal authorities to shut it down.”
Officials say the company also transported monkeys to experimentation facilities in Mount Vernon, Indiana; Sanford, Florida; and Everett Washington when they were prohibited from doing business.
Authorities say Quebedeaux’s Transport was also involved in a high-profile accident in Pennsylvania in early 2022 involving 100 long-tailed macaques imported from Mauritius that had not yet been quarantined or tested. Reports say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention got the situation under control but had to put down three monkeys that escaped. Officials say the transport company was also involved in an incident in 202 where a truck carrying monkeys caught fire.
Because of those setbacks, authorities say the company had to cancel plans to build a monkey warehouse in Louisiana after state officials reportedly sent numerous cease-and-desist letters. Officials say their reasoning behind the letters – it would violate state laws that prohibit possession of non-human primates. Sources say PETA also pointed out that it would put the public at risk due to the large amount of deadly diseases the monkeys can harbor, including but not limited to Ebola, malaria, and tuberculosis.
PETA says they’re asking the USDA to investigate Arizona State University for their role in the “illegal transportation of elderly monkeys.”
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You can view the full complaint here.