So, where do they come from? For tens of thousands of other primates, the journey begins thousands of miles away in Asia and Africa, where they are bred in cramped, squalid breeding mills or are trapped or netted in the wild.
Ripped away from their families, the traumatized primates are shoved into cramped wooden crates and shipped in the noisy and terrifying cargo holds of planes, often with unsuspecting passengers just a few feet above them.
One of the worst drivers of the miserable primate trade is animal testing conglomerate Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories (SNBL), which brings nearly 3,000 primates into the U.S. each year for use in experimentation. Recent photos and video footage leaked to PETA by a whistleblower at an SNBL laboratory in Everett, Washington, show sick, distraught monkeys imprisoned in barren steel cages. Monkeys suffered untreated wounds from being stabbed repeatedly with needles to have blood drawn multiple times a day. Workers handling the monkeys were so rough that they bloodied the animals’ noses and broke their fingers and toes.
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