Animal Rights Group Smash HLS Can Keep Protesting Miami Monkey Importer, Judge Rules

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Smash HLS protestors last summer
The activists in Smash HLS have never been shy about pushing the boundaries when it comes protesting Miami-based Worldwide Primates, a firm that sells monkeys sometimes used in scientific experiments. When a New Times writer hung out with the group last summer, they were marching outside the home of one primate dealer's 93-year-old mom.

Tactics like that led Worldwide Primates to file a lawsuit requesting a restraining order against the group, whose actions it compared to "the Tet offensive in Vietnam." A Miami judge disagreed, though, and has ruled the group can keep being a nuisance to the monkey importers -- for now.

See also: Smash HLS: Post-PETA Gorilla Tactics

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Stanford Blake tossed the lawsuit yesterday, ruling that the company had failed to show that 11 protestors from the group were causing emotional distress to an operations manager from the company.

But that manager, Joshua Resuta, can re-file the suit if he can cook up a new legal argument, the Miami Herald reports.

Smash HLS has been targeting Worldwide Primates for about four years now and deliberately has taken a more confrontational approach to their activism.

Here what we wrote about the group's foundation last summer and the philosophy of Gary Serignese, its leader.

But the conventional animal rights movement didn't sit well with Serignese. Passing out leaflets about the evils of Monsanto and tossing paint at celebrities wearing mink all seemed a waste of time. Groups should target specific businesses like suppliers, he says.

His model became Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), a campaign that got off the ground in 1999 in England by honing in on one company, Huntingdon Life Sciences, the country's largest animal-testing lab. In 2010, Serignese started a local group with the same agenda along with friend Nick Atwood, a balding and soft-spoken veteran campaign coordinator with the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF). They called it Smash HLS -- "Smash" in reference to a punk rock song by the British band Active Slaughter, "HLS" in homage to the Huntingdon group.

That's led to some controversial protests; Worldwide Primates told a judge that activists had pelted an employee's car with rocks and jumped on the hood.

"My client can't stand the anxiety of when the next violent attack will occur," Worldwide's attorney, John Sutton said in court, the Herald reports.

Smash's attorney, though, says the protests have been peaceful. And if they're annoying the firm and it's employees -- well, that's kind of the point.

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These beings are exquisitely adapted to survive in their natural environment. They yearn to exhibit those behaviors which promote their survival and have successfully done so for millions of years. The only thing they need from humans is to be left alone. Whatever dangers lurk in nature is nothing compared to having their lives devastated by humans who kill loving mothers to steal and enslave their babies, put them in cages, torture and murder them. Monkeyman has made the most absurd argument I have ever heard. I guess he should spend his life in prison to protect him from the dangers of being free.

monkeyman
monkeyman

If these people knew how brutal life in the wild is for monkeys, they might rethink their  misguided arguments and misdirected tactics.  The truth is not as oversimplified as their action plan.  I understand that the issue is with giving "rights" to these animals, but let's be honest- these nonhuman primates, in their natural habitats, have quite brutal male-dominated hierarchical societies in which members often maim and/or kill others in the quest for leadership.  Animals are often covered with the scars of old wounds from the fighting necessary to establish their position in the group.  Sick, weak animals are not given food, and left to die horribly of their illnesses or injuries.  It is not uncommon for males to kill infants that are not their own, in order to promote their own genetic line. Many suffer rather short lives at the mercy of vicious predators, disease, and severe weather. Their world is not the peaceful cartoon animal commune that these activists envision, with colorful jungles and infinite bananas.   It is a very violent, cruel, and real one. I'd like to know what these  protesters think of that, with their sensationalistic radical hip signs and tactics.  They fight the fight, but where is their true solution?

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