Safer Human Medicine, a company created by former executives of animal experimentation companies, has proposed the largest monkey-breeding and -holding facility in the country, targeting land in Bainbridge, Georgia. The facility would have the capacity to hold 30,000 monkeys—twice the human population of the town. PETA has joined with residents of Bainbridge and surrounding Decatur County to oppose the proposal and its myriad horrors, which are detailed here.

PETA and Bainbridge Residents Rally at City Hall

February 20, 2024

PETA’s manager of primate experimentation campaigns, Amy Meyer, joined Bainbridge residents at a packed city council meeting and provided public comments on the potential negative impacts of the proposed monkey warehouse. Before the meeting, residents rallied outside City Hall with signs voicing their opposition to the facility and received countless honks of support from passing drivers.

Bainbridge Residents Receive Outpouring of Community Support

February 19, 2024

A gaggle of Bainbridge residents organized a demonstration against the proposed monkey prison, ensuring that fellow residents were informed about what was happening in their town. The event attracted local news coverage. Demonstrators were met with honks and shouts of support from passersby and received messages from more people who wanted to join them in opposing the project.

Locals File Lawsuit to Block the Proposed Monkey Facility

February 15, 2024

Several residents filed a lawsuit against the agencies that had voted in favor of the monkey facility, alleging that they had violated Georgia’s Open Meetings Act.

County Commissioners Reverse Course, Voting Not to Fund Proposed Monkey Prison

February 13, 2024

In a dramatic reversal, the Decatur County Board of Commissioners voted down a proposal to give a $58 million incentive package to build the largest monkey warehouse in the country, just months after holding an illegal vote to approve it. The unanimous result follows months of pressure from PETA and hundreds of Bainbridge, Georgia, residents who repeatedly rallied at board meetings in opposition to the pollution, noise, disease risk, and cruelty the proposed monkey warehouse would bring. After the vote, PETA Senior Science Advisor and primate scientist Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel gave a presentation detailing the myriad dangers the massive facility would present to the community.

VIDEO: PETA Exposes Lies of Safer Human Medicine’s CEO

February 12, 2024

A new PETA video exposes lies that Jim Harkness, CEO of Safer Human Medicine, has told Bainbridge residents about his shameful stint as chief operating officer of Envigo. That company’s beagle-breeding facility in Cumberland, Virginia, agreed to close and release nearly 4,000 dogs for adoption following our undercover investigation, federal citations for over 70 violations of animal welfare laws, and a search warrant that resulted in law-enforcement officials’ seizure of nearly 450 dogs and puppies “in acute distress.”

Letters From PETA Hit 2,000 Mailboxes

February 9, 2024

PETA informed residents within a 20-mile radius of the proposed monkey prison of the danger brewing in their backyard. We sent 2,000 letters alerting them to the risks of the colossal monkey-breeding warehouse.

Georgia Environmental Protection Division Issues Notice of Violation

February 6, 2024

The Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources issued a notice of violation to the Development Authority of Bainbridge and Decatur County for clearing the land at the site of the proposed monkey prison without obtaining the required permits. The notice, which PETA obtained through an open records request, says that “further enforcement action is pending, which may include a monetary settlement to the State of Georgia.”

‘No Monkey Facility in Bainbridge’ Signs Dot Yards Around Town

February 5, 2024

Residents have begun posting yard signs in opposition to the proposal for a massive monkey prison in their town.

Locals Gather Support Against Monkey Prison at Jazz Festival

February 3, 2024

During the Bainbridge Jazz & Blues Festival today, residents opposed to the plan for a monkey warehouse set up a table and handed out flyers, leaflets, and posters, sharing information about the potential negative impact the facility could have on the community. Businesses asked for signs and posters to hang up, and out-of-town visitors previously unaware of the plans asked how they could support residents’ resistance.

Georgia District Attorney Files Appeal Over Monkey Prison Financing

January 31, 2024

The Georgia district attorney filed a motion to appeal the bond validation, taking the case to the appellate court.

Georgia District Attorney Expands Case Against Financing for Monkey Prison

January 31, 2024

The Georgia district attorney filed a motion asking the court to reconsider the order that approved the bonds to finance the facility, giving it even more grounds to reverse the earlier decision.

Locals File With Superior Court for Stay in Case Against Monkey Prison

January 29, 2024

Bainbridge residents filed a motion with the Decatur County Superior Court to intervene in a bond validation case involving proposed financing for the proposed monkey prison. The motion would allow residents to make legal objections to the Development Authority of Bainbridge and Decatur County’s attempt to finance Safer Human Medicine’s proposal.

Opposition to Monkey Prison Garners National Attention

January 28, 2024

PETA held a meeting in conjunction with local organizers and spoke at the Decatur County Board of Commissioners meeting on January 23, at which the commissioners admitted to violating state law in a December 11 vote on a $58 million sweetheart deal to lure what would be the largest monkey warehouse in the Western Hemisphere. Read the full story here.

PETA Posters Pop Up Around Town

January 24, 2024

Residents and businesses are proudly displaying PETA posters throughout Bainbridge, sharing their opposition to the proposed monkey prison.


County Commissioners Admit Vote to Lure Monkey Prison Violated State Law

January 23, 2024

PETA joined more than 150 residents opposed to the plan for a colossal monkey prison at the Decatur County Board of Commissioners meeting, at which the board admitted that it had violated Georgia’s Open Meetings Act by voting unanimously to approve a $58 million sweetheart deal rife with tax incentives and other goodies to lure the project to Bainbridge. Commissioners said they had failed to give advance notice of the December 11 meeting at which the vote was taken.

Later, PETA joined local organizers for an open meeting to take questions from concerned residents. More than 100 Bainbridge residents attended, ready to learn more about how to oppose the project.

PETA Primate Scientist Joins Locals at Bainbridge City Council Meeting

January 16, 2024

PETA Senior Science Advisor and primate scientist Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel attended the Bainbridge City Council meeting, providing comments on the potential risks that the proposed facility would present to the city and surrounding area. Residents opposed to this project packed the meeting and gave her a standing ovation. Numerous residents also shared their concerns about the potential disease risk, environmental pollution, and cruelty that the facility would bring.

PETA Raises Alarm About Planned Monkey Prison in Georgia

January 10, 2024

PETA learned that Safer Human Medicine Inc., a company created by former executives of Charles River Laboratories, Covance, and Envigo, plans to build a colossal monkey-holding and -breeding facility in Bainbridge, Georgia. We sent letters to city and county officials informing them of the potential dangers of the facility, which would be the largest monkey-breeding facility outside Asia. Our work was featured in the local newspaper, The Post-Searchlight.


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