“Baby monkeys” case indictments

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, May 2002:
CHICAGO–A federal grand jury on April 14 returned a 12-count
indictment for illegally importing wild-caught monkeys against Labs
of Virginia, Inc., former Labs president David M. Taub, 59, Labs
board chair Charles J. Stern, 44, and Labs board member William
Curtis Henley, 43. LABS and Taub were each charged with eight
felonies and four misdemeanors.
The federal indictments alleged that between February 20 and
May 30, 1997, LABS flew to the U.S. in four groups a breeding
colony of 1,312 macaques purchased from Indonesian Aquatics Export
CV, called Inquatex. However, the transaction and import documents
allegedly misrepresented wild-caught macaques as captive-bred; the
wild-caught macaques were not legally exported from Indonesia; and
from 17 to 19 macaques were improperly brought to the U.S. while
nursing unweaned young.

“It was five years ago that I received an eyewitness report
from a person who had seen dozens of pathetic baby monkeys in crates
at O’Hare Airport in Chicago,” International Primate Protection
League founder Shirley McGreal recalled. “In subsequent years, IPPL
members have blitzed prosecutors and wildlife agents with letters,
postcards, and petitions demanding justice for the baby monkeys. I
myself have never worked harder on a case,” McGreal said, a
meaningful statement in view of her leading role in the Bangkok Six
case, which exposed a multicornered international wildlife
trafficking ring with links to zoos, live markets, and laboratory
suppliers in at least five nations. McGreal was also extensively
involved in Jan Moor-Jankowski vs. Immuno A.G., a libel case that
resulted in an important U.S. Supreme Court ruling against slap-suits
and in favor of press freedom.

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