PETA US Asks Netanyahu to Follow Through on Promise to Fund Permanent Sanctuary for Primates Who Survived Notorious Mazor Farm

For Immediate Release:
December 5, 2016

Jerusalem – Last month, PETA US sent a letter urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Environmental Protection Ze’ev Elkin to take immediate action to help the more than 1,200 surviving monkeys from Mazor Farm, the now-defunct monkey-breeding mill.

In the letter, PETA US notes that Israel’s 2013 decision to ban the export of monkeys to laboratories effectively shut down the facility, where monkeys were forcibly bred to be poisoned, cut open, and killed in experiments. Funding from an Israeli-American benefactor helped Israeli charity Monkey Rescue offer immediate care to the survivors, and then–Minister of Environmental Protection Amir Peretz further pledged to build and fund a permanent sanctuary for the monkeys and guarantee their care for the rest of their lives – but the current administration has refused to follow through on this commitment.

“Monkey Rescue is running out of resources to care for these animals, who are part of a decades-long legacy of heartless exploitation of our fellow primates”, says Jason Baker, PETA Asia’s vice president of international relations. “PETA is calling on Israel’s leaders to right this egregious wrong by taking immediate action to provide for these monkeys for the rest of their lives.”

PETA US – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on” – notes that Monkey Rescue saved the monkeys at Mazor Farm from being sold to a US facility such as Bioculture, where the thousands used for experiments and breeding are confined to unhygienic, outdoor, open-air cages. Without the government’s promised assistance, the charity will lose its land-leasing contract at the end of this year.

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