Stop Trapping Silver River Monkeys!
Since 1998, one trapper, Scott Cheslak of Beaufort, South Carolina, has trapped and removed 800 monkeys and sold them to laboratories to be used in experiments—but his permit is now revoked.
Join us in urging the Florida Park Service to consider nonlethal alternatives to the trapping and removal of monkeys, such as sterilization and return to the environment. Otherwise, these sensitive and intelligent animals, once wild and free, will end their lives in the isolation of a laboratory.
I am writing to ask you to immediately stop the trapping of wild monkeys on state lands along the Silver River in North Central Florida. The monkeys are being sold to testing facilities, where they will undoubtedly suffer. The Silver River State Park should be known for its natural beauty and outdoor activities, NOT as a supplier of animals for laboratory exploitation. These wild monkeys deserve to live free from confinement and abuse.