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State of Florida: Let the Silver River monkeys live!
  • Petitioned Donald Forgione, Director

This petition was delivered to:

Florida Park Service
Donald Forgione, Director
Cross Florida Greenway
Mickey Thomason, Manager
Silver Springs State Park
Sally Lieb, Park Manager

State of Florida: Let the Silver River monkeys live!

    1. Petition by

      Animal Rights Foundation of Florida

October 2013


From Petition Creator: For at least 15 years, wild monkeys living along the Silver River in northern Florida have been trapped and sold to research laboratories. Animal rights activists started campaigning against the trapping in January 2012. Trapping was temporarily halted earlier this year and on October 25 the State of Florida confirmed that its decision to stop trapping is permanent.

ARFF's Change.org petition attracted 2,000 signatures. In addition, we urged concerned residents and tourists to write letters and call the Florida Park Service to demand an end to the trapping program. ARFF held a public protest at the entrance to Silver Springs State Park on October 1. Our campaign resulted in several newspaper articles. After close to two years of campaigning, ARFF is thrilled that Florida's wild monkeys will no longer be torn from their families and forest homes and sold to laboratories.

For over 70 years, rhesus monkeys have lived along the banks of the Silver River and Oklawaha River in North Central Florida. The monkeys were introduced into the area by a tour boat operator in the 1930s. Spotting the monkeys can be a highlight of canoe trips in the Silver Springs State Park. The monkeys have lived a peaceful existence in the wild, but the State of Florida considers them to be "nonnative" and allows trapping of monkeys.

Between 1998-2012, approx. 800 monkeys were trapped and removed from the area and sold to research and testing laboratories.

Photo of monkeys at Silver Springs State Park, by Ann E. Hamilton

Recent signatures


    1. Monkeys safe from trapping in 2013!

      "Without permits, trapper can't capture monkeys around Silver Springs", headline of a February 1, 2013 article in the Tampa Bay Times (http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/wildlife/without-permits-trapper-cant-capture-monkeys-around-silver-springs/1273104).

      Since 1998, only one trapper, Scott Cheslak (Beaufort, South Carolina), has trapped and removed monkeys from state lands in North Central Florida for sale to research and testing laboratories. But Cheslak has had difficulties obtaining the required USDA license, and most likely will not trap monkeys in 2013. The temporary reprieve is good news, but we still need your help to persuade the State of Florida to permanently halt the trapping of monkeys and to instead explore nonlethal methods of controlling the monkey population.

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Juli Cofer INDIALANTIC, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      Animal Rights! We brought them here, It's up to us to take care of them, not have them tortured in Labs. We need to persuade the State of Florida to permanently halt the trapping of monkeys and to instead explore nonlethal methods of controlling the monkey population.

    • Virginia R. Gager NEW ROCHELLE, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      I am opposed to animal testing !!!!!

    • Ranen Kent PALM COAST, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      this makes me so sad.... this is our nature. leave it alone.... what have we come to....?? You can't change what you don't acknowledge.

    • Maria Edwards PALM COAST, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      Animals need to be respected and treated with respect, they were created before people!

    • veronica miner BUNNELL, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      Just another reason for ((MAN)) to destroy ((GODS)) creatures for no reason!! Why is this necessary?? Maybe we should relocate STATE OF FLORIDA'S PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THIS!! AND RELOCATE THEM TO A DIFFERTENT STATE OR MAYBE SELL THEM TO MAKE MONEY??


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