Victory – Eleventh Hour shut down the monkey labs

Negotiation is Over - Florida

Camille A. Marino
May 2, 2018

As the above image demonstrates, according to the USDA, as of July 2017, there are no monkeys left inside UF’s vivisection labs. This represents the culmination of the forced phasing out of the primate experimentation program put in place in 2013. Since they are still getting NIH funding for some hideous and cruel monkey experiments, these may be collaborative grants and require further investigation. Yet, for now, we were successful in destabilizing this segment of their industry.  My vision was always to hack away at this insidious business piece by piece and the post I wish I was writing is that we stopped the monkey torture and now we’re moving on to dogs. Not so for the moment…

While I’ve spent the last several years in exile or otherwise ensnared in malicious prosecutions, I was absent while the monkeys were phased out of UF. But were it not for all of our efforts, that business would still be thriving. After vivisector Raymond Bergeron retired in 2016, his seven victims were released to a sanctuary. I’ve been unable to account for the dozens of others. But it looks like we did it.

For the time being, at least, the rest of those enslaved species have no advocates except for an occasional welfare violation and corresponding protest; so it’s back to business as usual for the vivisectors and their welfarist comrades.

Background of campaign

After Eleventh Hour won that first lawsuit against UF on December 30, 2011, the faces of those primates being tortured inside their labs hit the public domain for the first time. And all of us working together, with very limited human resources on the ground and our allies orchestrating a comprehensive and tactical online assault, did an outstanding job at turning up the pressure to get that program shut down for good. We were so effective that UF’s primary objective became silencing me — and thus all of you; locking me up, having me censored, even having me banned from activism entirely at one point. But that never fazed me and it never prevented you from maintaining your efforts. My sincere thanks to everyone who never wavered in my absence.

Later we set a precedent in Florida, the courts ruling that the location of those monkey prisons were public record; I was released from jail and our efforts went back into full swing. By January of 2014, it appeared that we had succeeded in creating the liabilities that were making it a considerable detriment for their monkey vivisectors to continue. It looked like the program was going to be phased out by October of 2016. Sadly, at that point, my efforts were diverted by internal saboteurs who — in their zest to silence me — were working vehemently to achieve the vivisectors’ objective.

Other than Bergeron retiring and 7 primates going to a Gainesville sanctuary, I have yet to document what happened to the rest. But I want to believe that we are the reason that program began to unwind and so, this morning, I am taking some solace in the fact that, even though our efforts were sabotaged and diverted, it looks like we succeeded.

I wish I could announce that we’re ready to move onto the dogs. A new campaign may or may not happen in the future. But I am confident that we now know what works and we all need to escalating our actions and never lose sight of the ultimate objective: Total Animal Liberation!

4 Responses

  1. Lisa Grossman says:

    Hard to see as a victory, but it is. You always knew it would, sadly, have to be one species at a time 🙁

    • Yeah, I know. It took 8 months to get just this little tidbit of info so far; fingers crossed that it’s permanent. But i am firmly convinced that were it not for our efforts, this lab would still be thriving. Finally allowed myself to be proud of that yesterday. We both should be. Let’s just call it “progress. “

  2. Allie Tennant says:

    Everyone would like to see an end to the useless experiments being perpetuated on all animals, but this is a good start, and I believe you should get a lot of the credit for that Camille.

    • Hey Allie,

      We need to go back to January of 2014 when their own records indicated that they were looking at phasing out the monkey labs; at least this is the point I returned from my first internet ban and discovered it. So I appreciate your generous words; but that time frame marks a two-year period during which our community was engaged — online and on the ground, everyone focused and relentless. I firmly believe this is the tip of what we can accomplish when we organize, galvanize, and focus our energies. If there’s any credit to be had, it belongs to the movement that came together at that point in time. It belongs to you and every single person who worked to make this happen. Let’s be happy that no new primate victims (hopefully) will ever succumb to that hellhole again.

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