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June 8, 2022
Robin Goist 202-483-7382
Tampa, Fla. – Earlier in the present day, a federal decide in Tampa, Florida, sentenced exotic-animal vendor Jimmy Wayne Hammonds (aka “The Monkey Whisperer”) to 5 years of probation, together with lower than a 12 months of house detention, and a $90,000 positive. Hammonds pleaded responsible in March to a felony cost of conspiracy to commit wildlife trafficking—stemming from his infamous sale of a capuchin monkey to singer Chris Brown—and three counts of violating the Endangered Species Act for promoting endangered cotton-top tamarins to people in Alabama, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. Please see the next assertion from PETA Basis Affiliate Director of Captive Animal Regulation Enforcement Michelle Sinnott in response to the sentencing:
This brazen profession prison obtained off straightforward, however the conviction alone ought to be sufficient to maintain him out of the monkey-exploitation enterprise so long as federal officers do their jobs and revoke his federal Animal Welfare Act license. PETA is looking on the U.S. Division of Justice to make use of this case as a jumping-off level to relentlessly pursue the opposite Hammondses of the world and maintain them accountable for trafficking animals for a buck.
PETA despatched a letter to the U.S. Division of Agriculture urging the company to revoke Hammonds’ federal Animal Welfare Act license, which might prohibit him from legally promoting unique animals for the pet commerce. In 2017, PETA alerted California officers to Brown’s illegal possession of the capuchin, which resulted within the animal’s seizure by the state and two misdemeanor costs levied at Brown. In line with the search warrant affidavit, it was PETA’s criticism concerning Brown that triggered legislation enforcement to research Hammonds.