Primate Products cited by USDA for endangering animals

On April 28, an inspector with the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited Primate Products’ facility in Immokalee, Florida and found monkeys recovering from a health exam. The monkeys, still under anesthesia, had been left in an enclosure, without supervision, in the hot sun.

The inspector wrote: “After anesthesia the animals may wake up without coordination and a padded floor or a padded cage is recommended to prevent injury to the animals. Also direct exposure to the sunlight after anesthesia recovery may cause sunburn, hyperthermia, etc., which may result in danger to the animals. To be corrected immediately.”

The inspection report can be found here:

1,073 crab-eating macaques and 421 rhesus macaques were counted during the inspection.

*”DIRECT NCI” = According to the USDA, a direct noncompliant item has a high potential to adversely affect the health and well-being of the animal.

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