Animal Activists Arrested While Protesting Monkey Importer Worldwide Primates

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One of the Silver Spring monkeys, 1981
It's been a strange week in monkey-related news here in Miami. On Wednesday, state investigators announced they had shut down a black market monkey emporium. Meanwhile, details of a second set of monkey-involved arrests are leaking out.

Also on Wednesday, Miami-Dade Police arrested members of animal rights group Smash HLS as they protested another monkey importing company.

What's next for our simian-obsessed city? Rage-infected apes escaping to start a zombie plague?

See also: Smash HLS: Post-PETA Gorilla Tactics

Miami-Dade Police confirmed that some activists were arrested while protesting Worldwide Primates, Inc., located at 16450 SW 180th Street. However, cops have yet to release an incident report. We will update with details as soon as they do.

At least eight members of Smash HLS were detained during the protest, according to Nick Atwood, a Smash member who participated in a similar picketing against Worldwide Primates earlier this month. The charges ranged from misdemeanors like disorderly conduct and criminal mischief to "throwing a deadly missile," a felony.

"It appears as if a van was leaving the property. I guess there were exchanges between the van and the protesters," Atwood says. "There have been minor arrests during previous protests, basically just for trespassing. But this is the first time that the police have arrested the group as a whole."

Smash HLS has had success using novel, often funny ways to target companies involved in animal testing. But some strategies -- such as protesting with megaphones outside the house of a 93-year-old woman's house -- have also drawn scrutiny.


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JuliaMackenzie
JuliaMackenzie

People are so very ignorant of the animal experimentation industry. The Chief of this company has a federal conviction for illegally importing primates. He doesn't care about children dying of cancer or any other disease. And more to the point experimenting on animals has not led to ANY major breakthroughs in medical cures. Just look at the war on cancer, utterly useless apart from to cure cancer in mice. It's obvious the naysayers here have not read a single piece of information and are just spouting off, probably employees of the convicted felon who also don't give a hoot about children dying. You have been fed a line by the big pharma industry who exploit animals and you are ignorant enough to believe it. Animal experiments don't save lives. Importing primates is a money making business and that's all, end of story. I highly doubt anyone who is for animal experiments really cares about the health of anyone. And what makes humans so wonderful we are superior to other sentient beings on this planet? What do YOU do that is so special or contributes to humanity/medical advancement/caring for children. It has been the study of PEOPLE and hygiene that has led to diseases being cured. Just look at the long list of medication that has killed more people then saved, all tested on animals and deemed safe by the USDA. 

rivera1901aa
rivera1901aa

Pardon the double posting if this appears a twice.i would normal not comment. You activists are nothing but thugs. I heard the protest turned very violent with a truck getting attacked and the drivers safety a risk. I am also a former employee of the company the places those red containers you claim are fill with dead bodies on a daily basis. I can say for fact those same containers are placed in hospitals, clinics and other locations are are NEVER EVER used to dead bodies of people or animals. If I remember correct, the pick up schedule was 1-2 times a MONTH not every day as you lying thugs claim. How many of you take medicine, drugs, vaccines for your kids, tested on animals. I support the First Amendment. Your activity at World Wide and another former customer of mine is not peaceful First Amendment. Following people home, calling them and their family members with threats of violence isn't under the First Amendment. .

veganimal
veganimal

I know the people who got arrested quite well, even though I am not part of this group, but I do love animals and I am sickened when I see animal abuse in any shape or form.If there is one thing they are not, it is criminals. They are regular people with jobs, families and with a very strong sense of what is right and what is wrong. Treating animals like this is wrong. These ordinary citizens like you and me are ONLY there to defend those animals from the extreme sadism, cruelty, torture and lack of compassion that is thrust upon them by Matthew Block and his thugs under the guise of "research" , which really boils down to nothing more than pure greed and sadism. At worldwide primates, for instance, there was a big red container in the back of the property which would be emptied EVERY day with the corpses of these tiny little intelligent and sentient creatures. They go through hell with the so-called "scientific research" which in our days is so NOT necessary and which is TOTALLY unethical and just WRONG. The monkeys are subjected to experiments like "sensory depravation", where a BABY is ripped from it's mother, it's eyes are SEWN shut, a bandage is placed all around it's head and it is given a stuffed toy and put into a dark cage all alone for months on end to "see how it reacts to sensory depravation". I ask you, is this really going to save any human lives or is this just wanton torture ? This story repeats itself over and over again with different incarnations of the suffering imposed but all equally as useless and as sad and painful as this one of the little baby monkey.

I hope Smash HLS goes on and more people join and protest. We cannot just stand by and turn a blind eye, these animals are helpless and really need us. Please visit Smash HLS' Facebook page and support the initiatives. If you can donate to the legal expenses of the people that were unfairly and unjustly arrested  or just to the group, that would be wonderful. Smash HLS managed to shut down Worldwide Primates and hopefully they will also succeed with Matthew Block in spite of the unjust targeting of these heroes by the police.

Thank you.

veganimal
veganimal

@Anthonyvop1 I hope they do to your family what they do to these terrified and innocent monkeys. Then let's see who you call eco-terrorist scum, you d-bag

rivera1901aa
rivera1901aa

One more comment, after viewing the Smash web site, you claim you "shut down" another company called Primate Products. Be honest with your posts. The company just got tired of your harassing tactics and lack of action by police. They simply moved to another city. You cost local people their jobs. Are your group going to pay the bills to support the families out of jobs now? Of course not, the tax payer will support them,but most you thugs probably don't pay tax! My congratulations to whatever police worked on this case.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@veganimal @Anthonyvop1 I would be willing to personally choke to death 1000 monkeys if it would save the life of even one Aids infected, criminal, crack whore.

Anyone who values an animal's life over that of a human deserves to have all medicines, foods and other products made available by animal testing or production denied them.

The lowest form of terrorism is Eco-terrorism.  It plays upon the emotions of the simpleminded.  

You and your ilk disgust me.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@veganimal @Anthonyvop1 Actually I am a large happy, extremely healthy, older man.

But you enjoy your fantasy as you munch on your rabbit food.

Hope you never get sick.  Not that i think you will acknowledge your hypocrisy when you accept the treatment

Time to hit the road and burn some carbon based fuel.


veganimal
veganimal

@Anthonyvop1 @veganimal oh yes...you are bitter ...and ignorant to boot...the worst combination of all: angry, cruel and ignorant. Good luck with your cholesterol, diabetes (which your friend probably has due to his poor nutrition) and all those other lovely diseases you are harboring. By your little tantrum here I can tell you're the kind who could cut off his nose to spite his face.Sad ignorant little man ....

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@veganimal Bitter?  Nope. Angry? Fuck yes I am angry.

I am angry that people like you have no clue and would rather let people suffer and die if it means hurting some lowly animal.

The idea that animal testing is unnecessary is the same tired lie you fascist, hippie types have been spewing for decades,

Don't worry about me.  I'm about to head out to have dinner. A prime, aged, Rib-eye sounds good.  Maybe with some pate de foie gras as an appetizer.

Maybe I will invite my friend who is a diabetic and is alive today because of animal testing.  

veganimal
veganimal

@Anthonyvop1 @veganimal you are obviously a very angry,bitter and cruel person.I hope that the one who chokes to death is you, and sooner rather than later.What a sad pathetic life you must lead. And how misguided you are regarding animal testing. We live in an age where technology permits products to be deemed safe and to be tested in ways that do not harm innocent, noble, terrified animals. Your willingness to choke and torture them just shows you for what you are, a sadistic loser. Defending animals and our planet is certainly the opposite spectrum from terrorism. Terrorism is what those who have no respect for the planet and its inhabitants do. Thankfully you are a dying breed.

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