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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
March 9, 2015

Today, Eleventh Hour For Animals has just filed a complaint with the USDA demanding a mandatory Federal investigation into the secret and potentially – illegal “research” to which the University of Florida is subjecting wild monkeys along the Silver River in Marion, Co Florida. Exclusive images captured by Freelance Photographer Graham McGeorge. and published last month depict a wild macaque with a primitive tracking collar device attached tightly around his neck. According to Graham McGeorge, who was able to physically see this monkey, “when I spotted the macaque, he was distressed and had distanced himself from the troop, he also had deep wounds and cuts to his neck with blood on his chest!”

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In the complaint, Eleventh Hour’s Senior Lab Investigator, Karen Kline, states “Rhesus Macaques have lived along the Silver River for nearly 100 years. Yet the attached communications with the Department of Environmental Protection demonstrate that UF has taken the position that, since these primates were trapped and brought to this county almost a century ago as an “invasive species” they are entitled to no protection. Eleventh Hour maintains that since the disturbed colony of macaques was, in fact, born at Silver River, the latest of many generations must be afforded the same protection as indigenous species. In the State of Florida, experiments on wild animals are illegal. Therefore UF’s “research at Silver River is illegal.” The University has been less then forthcoming about the exact nature of their interest in the Silver River macaques. Therefore, Eleventh Hour has filed 2 open Records Requests to ascertain the details of the experiments as well as the source of funding. The group filed a further request with Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Department to secure all licences that UF may have purchased over the last 10 years. Ms. Kline goes on to document that, at the very least, the University of Florida had admitted to and supplied Eleventh Hour with proof of their negligence. “We’ve heard several conflicting accounts from UF and have an example to show here. This first statement was published in the Ocala Post on March 5, 2015, by UF Assistant Vice President Janine Sikes and states “The monkey was observed with her her group, feeding, grooming and behaving normally.”

Screenshot from 2015-03-13 11:42:03 March 6, 2015  an email from Major Brad Barber of the University of Florida Police Department, containing  protocols for the “research” being done on the Silver River monkeys, began with a note:
1) The researchers retrieved the collar. The researchers have attempted to verify the monkey’s well being but have not located the monkey since the collar fell off.

Screenshot from 2015-03-13 13:39:55Quoting Graham McGeorge, the photographer,  with whom there is no doubt, did in fact view this monkey “When I first spotted the macaque, he seemed distressed and had distanced himself from the troop, he had deep wounds and cuts to his neck with blood on his chest!”

While Eleventh Hour continues to investigate, a corresponding Federal investigation of UF is necessary. They must be held accountable for their illegal activities and wanton negligence and the appropriate sanctions imposed.

For the past 5 years,
Eleventh Hour for Animals, an initiative launched by Negotiation Is Over, has been documenting and exposing the $400 million annual animal experimentation business hidden away in UF’s dungeons. After several successful lawsuits, legal actions, and federal complaints, the group remains committed to ending all atrocities to which UF subjects animals. Sadly, the group is preparing to release information of the most diabolical monkey experiments, currently under way inside UF.

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Breaking News:
Documents obtained by 11th hr. prove that UF is conducting research, on at least 8 Wild Monkeys, in the Silver River Park area and these collars are to be left on these monkeys for a time period of 1 year, contrary to the 2 months they want the media to print.
In all actuality, one can clearly view the picture and know the collar was on much longer than “2 months”
Experiments on Wild Animals in Florida is Illegal!
More breaking news to follow as our investigation continues!

Monkey

Source: Ocala Post

Ocala, Florida — Graham McGeorge has spent the last five years photographing a feral colony of Rhesus Macaques, a type of monkey, along the Silver River in Ocala, Florida. But for the past several weeks he has been looking for answers.

On February 20, Ocala Post was contacted by Karen Kline from Negotiations Are Over, in reference to a particular monkey McGeorge had been photographing.

Kline stated that on January 31, 2015, McGeorge had stumbled upon a monkey wearing a GPS collar, which appeared to be constricting the monkey’s neck and rubbing it raw.

Concerned for the well-being of the monkey, McGeorge said he immediately contacted Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He was then referred to the University of Florida, because that is who placed the tracker on the monkey.

Kline said after contacting UF, she and McGeorge were provided with conflicting information about the monkey. She said that’s when they reached out to Ocala Post.

Ocala Post then contacted UF and inquired about the situation.

UF Assistant Vice President , Janine Sikes, released the following statement:

“The University of Florida is studying the habitat use and movement patterns of the Rhesus Macaques in Silver Springs Park. A single macaque was collared in December as part of this study. UF researchers were notified February 2, about the concerns of Mr. McGeorge. The researchers immediately sought advice from their project veterinarian, who recommended the collar be removed. The very next day, UF sent a signal to a satellite, which enabled the collar to fall off the monkey. That process took a few days, but we confirmed that the collar was no longer on the animal on Sunday, February 8.

Other than the abrasion caused by the collar, the macaque appeared in good health. The monkey was observed with her group, feeding, grooming, and behaving normally.”

However, McGeorge does not believe that the monkey had only been wearing the collar for approximately two months; he believes it was much longer.

He said he wanted proof that the collar had been removed, but alleges that UF refused to supply proof.

” Unfortunately, their past history does not lead one to believe they are a reputable organization,” McGeorge said.

McGeorge said he hasn’t seen the monkey since the incident, but will keep looking for answers.

Researchers said they will continue to observe the animals in the Silver River area.