Primate Products Closes Down Miami Location, Animal Rights Group Claims Victory

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Anyone passing by a nondesrcript warehouse facility in Doral won't be seeing a familiar sight anymore: dozens of protesters shouting at the cars coming in and out of the building. A controversial company that's been a longtime target for animal-rights activists quietly packed up their Miami location recently. Activists are claiming victory, even though Primate Products has just removed its business to another location.


"When we started protesting that facility about three years ago, there were usually 12 to 15 cars on any given workday," says Gary Serignese, an organizer with Smash HLS. This month, the group noticed the facility's lot was empty. Sources on the inside whispered that the company had packed up and eliminated a number of jobs. "The word from inside is that they moved to avoid the protests."

Smash HLS has been focusing on Primate Products since 2010, staging monthly protests outside the company's Miami location. It has also taken its displeasure out to the 'burbs, protesting outside the homes of the primate importer's employees. Serignese's group targets Primate Products exclusively, although it's branched out to aim its ire at other businesses associated with the company.

"We're all about concrete victories. I want measurable results," he tells New Times.

But Primate Products isn't shutting down for good. Although the Miami location has been mothballed, the company still has a facility out in Immokalee. When New Times talked to Primate Products' top man, Thomas J. Rowell, he explained that the protesters had nothing to do with the company's business decision.

"There's been a downturn for the business here for the last five or six years," Rowell says. "Just recently, we've had the quarantine facilities at our West Coast side approved by the Centers for Disease Control for the importation of animals into the United States, so it just didn't make sense to have two sites."

Rowell did confirm that the company had to cut staff -- somewhere between "six to ten jobs."

Regardless of the relocation, Smash HLS is marking this in the win column. "This is a good strategic victory," Serignese says. "But we're not done yet."

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AnaCampos
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Of course they moved. That's a great thing. They should also hang their head shamefully. We've all seen the photos of the monkeys that were abused inside their controversial and morally corrupt "facility". It's just a matter of time before their hidden compound in Immokalee files for bankruptcy. 


According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, the decades long and barbaric testing on primates seems to be on it's way out. Primate Products can try to mitigate their losses, but one thing is clear, they will go out of business. Someone should advise Thomas Rowell about the recent USFW decision which directly impacts his 'money making' trade of choice. 
 
"U.S. To Recommend Listing All Chimpanzees As Endangered"
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/11/190714219/u-s-to-recommend-listing-all-chimpanzees-as-endangered

And the Jane Goodall Institute, the world's foremost experts on primates, said "This decision gives me hope that we truly have begun to understand that our attitudes toward treatment of our closest living relatives must change. I congratulate the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for this very important decision."

I congratulate Smash HLS and other animal rights advocates who simply raised a mirror to the corruption and illegal activities taking place at Primate Products. 

mtruji9235
mtruji9235

Hopefully they will go Bankrupt soon!!!!! The days of profiting of the misery of other living being is ending!!!! 

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It's good news that business is bad for companies like Primate Products!

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