Fight over Hendry County monkey breeding facility continues
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Fight over Hendry County monkey breeding facility continues
By Dave Elias, NBC-2.com, March 5, 2015

Animal rights advocates are vowing to shut down a controversial monkey breeding farm in Hendry County, now that a judge has ruled a lawsuit to stop it can proceed.

County Commissioners are being accused of meeting behind closed doors to get the site built.

Demonstrators stormed the county commission office today demanding answers about the facility, but their demands went unanswered.

That didn't stop the advocates from claiming victory in the first round of what is sure to be a bitter battle. They say it's far from over since the county doesn't appear willing to give up the fight over the facility.

One demonstrator outside the county building asked the group if anyone wanted the monkey breeding facility and the group shouted no in harmony.

Members of the group said they are outraged over the fact that the 43 acre facility is expected to house more three 3000 primates.

One lady questioned how the facility could be built. She said that these types of things are always somewhere else and now that it's in her backyard she's outraged.

The monkey will be raised, bred and sold to medical labs for testing. A practice that many demonstrators say is being abandoned in many countries.

Another demonstrator suggested the group speak up and be heard by storming the commission office to demand answers.

A guard later told the group that if they moved outside that someone would meet with them.

However none of their questions were answered when County Administrator Charles Chapman emerged from the building to address the crowd of about two dozen.

“Due to the ongoing litigation I will not be entertaining any questions following my statement,” said Chapman.

In his statement Chapman said the county was looking forward to its day in court.

“As far as I'm concerned we've won round one,” said Billie Stevens, who lives near the facility.

Stevens and others claim the county acted illegally to approve the site.

“What we've found is that the county has not engaged the community in this process,” said Attorney Justine Cowan, an attorney with Animal League Defense Fund.

Cowan argued that there were no public hearings and residents were not given the opportunity to speak out on the issue.

Cowan now must prove that the county violated the law. When asked if she had proof that the county violated sunshine laws she said yes.

“We believe that we do, because they met behind closed doors,” Cowan replied.

“It's all about money,” said Michael Budkie who is the Executive Director of Stop Animal Exploitation Now.

Budkie's group is not the only animal rights group getting involved. The Animal Legal Defense Fund is providing the attorneys to represent the plaintiffs.

They plan to show the judge how the county violated sunshine law and then they group says it will eventually file a suit to shut down the facility which hasn't yet open its doors.

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