Hendry County

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Florida Power and Light is asking to amend Hendry County's comprehensive plan. It would create a new process for approving power plants. That proposal was put before a county advisory committee Wednesday.

FPL has been eyeballing a piece of land in Hendry County as the site of a possible power plant for years. It borders the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. Last year, the tribe won a victory in court that stopped the possibility FPL could build that plant.

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A representative from the National Institutes of Health wrote in an email HHS is currently investigating Primate Products.  

None of the Congress members who signed the letter accepted requests for an interview.  

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Primate Products President Thomas Rowell said today a subdivision of Health and Human Services is already looking into the company.

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The practice of breeding monkeys for research in Hendry County has reached such a level it’s led the media to say the rural area east of Fort Myers either is or may possibly become the biggest supplier of primates for research in the country.

The animals are used in behavioral, psychological and medical research.  

Environmentalists and locals are protesting the industry’s expansion here.  And now, the county is investigating two of the companies. One of which is also under investigation by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Courtesy PETA

 

Primate Products, a primate breeding facility in Hendry County, was recently inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture.

The inspection comes in the wake of undercover photos and videos taken at the company’s facility.

A People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA “witness” worked at Primate Products for eight months until late May.

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A handful of protestors gathered outside of the Hendry County Courthouse Tuesday over the increasing number of primate breeding facilities coming to the county.

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