Unless you are a Luddite, you are aware of the recent Ebola scare in the United States.
What you may not know is that Ebola is spread to humans by some animals, including monkeys.
So riddle me this, Batman: Why is Hendry County, Florida’s local government allowing a company to open a macaque breeding facility there?
Well, we’re not sure of their motives, because the County’s meetings with the secretive company behind the facility were all behind closed doors.
When reporter Jane Velez-Mitchell followed up with local legislators, they claimed they only issued permits. Governor Rick Scott’s office claimed it was a federal issue. The FDA claimed they would only inspect after the fact, and had no hand in approving the facility. Seems no one wants to take responsibility.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund recently filed a lawsuit against Hendry County for allegedly violating state laws by conducting closed door meetings and deals for a facility that will breed monkeys that were captured from the wild in Mauritius in order to supply research labs with unwilling victims.
Monkeys that could carry any number of diseases, including Ebola and tuberculosis.
So if the population was so worried about a few people coming into the country possibly infected, why are they not worried about a bunch of breeding monkeys that could be?
Just in case, I’d stay out of the Fort Myers/Naples area. Ya never know, right?