Florida: A Ruckus over Rhesus

A Ruckus over Rhesus

The monkey business started back in 1973 when Charles River Laboratories set up a breeding colony of rhesus monkeys on an island in the Florida Keys. Since then the primates have gone ape, swelling in numbers to more than 4,000, fouling the water and destroying endangered mangrove trees on state-owned land. Despite protests from environmentalists and nearby property owners, Bausch & Lomb Inc., which bought the colony in a package deal in 1984, refused to relocate it. Then in May the state department of natural resources quietly agreed to a settlement in which Bausch & Lomb would be allowed to phase...

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