Two men were charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty each. Robert Matson Conyers,44, and Akhtar Hussain were shipping 15 monkeys from Guyana to Thailand, the monkeys were found dead at Los Angeles International Airport.
According to Los Angeles City Attorney’s spokesman Frank Mateljan, Hussain sold around two dozen primates to a buyer in Bangkok in February of 2008 and hired Conyers to deliver them.
Conyers tried shipping 14 Marmosets, five white-fronted Capuchins and six Squirrel Monkeys from Guyana to Bangkok through Miami, Los Angeles and then China, but the animals were refused transit in China because of an error in the shipping documents, Mateljan said.
Fourteen monkeys died of neglect, starvation and hypothermia, and another had to be euthanized. The animals that survived were taken to the San Diego Wild Animal Park for further care.