According to the CDC, tens of thousands of long-tailed macaques were imported into the United States last year—most bound for pharmaceutical or biotech research labs. Inotiv, the nation’s largest commercial primate dealer, relies principally on a Hong Kong–based supplier that maintains captive-breeding facilities in Cambodia. In November, several representatives of this supplier were charged with multiple felonies in connection with an alleged smuggling ring involving wild-caught macaques “laundered” as captive-bred animals. According to the journal Science, Inotiv is one of two US companies that received monkeys referenced in the federal indictment. Click here for more on this story and AWI’s response.
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