Compassionate and dedicated protesters returned once again to Amerijet International HQ at 2800 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL. City police, acting the part of corporate hirelings, were prepared. About a dozen officers, two on horseback and some undercover, stood watch for the entire demonstration. They immediately warned us that if we used megaphones we would be arrested. While these officers are intent on preventing noise ‘crime’ they are completely comfortable ignoring the disgusting moral crime of the primate trade and Amerijet’s sick involvement in the transportation of primates to their cruel and certain death. Undercover police officers were in our faces with cameras. One officer attempted to dissuade us from protesting the facility since the people who work there are “moms and dads and stuff like that.” Of course, many of the helpless monkeys whom Amerijet conspires to kill are mothers and fathers too.
One caring protester was arrested after unknowingly “trespassing” on Amerijet’s property. She was given no warning and the closest No Trespassing sign is more than 20 yards away on the property. One undercover officer handled her aggressively and held her by both arms until uniformed officers took her into custody.
The protest heated up even more when Amerijet employees ended work for the day and went to their cars. Activists attempted to explain to them the horrendous nature of the primate trade. It was suggested that each employee take a moral stand against the company’s cruel animal abuse and demand an end to the transports. Most were too ashamed to look at the pictures of abused primates. It’s not too late to make a difference. Pressure management and executives to end the depravity. Tell them to stop transporting primates for vivisection. One insensitive employee tried to hit a protester with her car when she jerked her wheel tight to the side and rode up onto the sidewalk.
Despite the police intimidation and their obvious complicity with Amerijet, the protests will continue. We stay until the primate trade goes!