It
was a grand day for celebrating in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday. Thousands
of monkeys had been saved from being tortured and killed in laboratories, and in
a special reception at her gourmet vegan restaurant, Sublime, PETA’s
patron Nanci Alexander honored one of the key women who made it possible, with
PETA’s Nanci Alexander Activist Award.


Nanci Alexander and Puerto Rico Sen. Melinda Romero-Donnelly

When
Bioculture, Inc., planned to open a monkey-breeding facility in Guayama, Puerto Rico, where it
would imprison 4,000 monkeys and sell their babies for use in torturous
experiments, it didn’t count on Puerto Rico Sen. Melinda Romero-Donnelly. She worked with PETA and led a Senate investigation into Bioculture, which
uncovered that the company had failed to file required reports and had built
its facility on land that was not zoned for that use. PETA filed a lawsuit to
halt construction of the facility and won every round. Sen. Romero-Donnelly helped
get a Senate resolution passed that formally asked the U.S. Department of
Agriculture and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to deny Bioculture any
permits to import or breed
animals in Puerto Rico

In
front of a crowd that included supermodel Joanna Krupa, Telemundo’s Natalia VillavecesEl Talismán‘s Pablo Azar, pro surfer
Karina Petroni, and PETA
President Ingrid E. Newkirk
, Sen. Romero-Donnelly received the award, given in honor of Alexander, who founded the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida.


Nanci Alexander awards activist Meggan Anderson

Besides
the treat of world-class vegan cuisine, the crowd was treated to the unveiling
of Joanna Krupa’s Angel for Animals ad and PETA campaigner Meggan Anderson’s
acceptance of the Nanci Alexander Award for her tireless efforts in behalf of
animals.


Unveiling of Joanna Krupa’s Angel for Animals ad 

But
of course, the real delight of the evening was knowing that thousands of
monkeys would not be suffering in laboratories, thanks to dedicated animal advocates.

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