Is Governor DeSantis Engaged in “Monkey Business”?

by Bobby Reyes

Monkey Business at Monkey Forest Park in Bali | Photo by Emma Thery via Creative Commons

Part XII of the “Florida, the State of the Future” Series

The term “Monkey Business” is literally and figuratively used in this instant column. The article ends with tints of humor, if not from a satirical viewpoint. But on a serious note, this columnist searched online for any U.S. state governor accused of engaging in “monkey business with China.” No reference site could name one. Well, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida may soon earn that accolade. Here is why.

One of my new friends in Florida is Cindy Stiles. She is really a community activist. She just posted this note on Ryan Morales’s Facebook site (for his aborted bid for Commissioner of Agriculture). “I wanted to bring this to your attention. I’m sure you know what a hypocrite (Florida Governor) DeSantis is when it comes to his pocket. I put this (also) on my Facebook page:

“You see? This is the kind of stuff that (Governor) DeSantis allows. And he always talks about not liking China. And they (the Chinese) bought 1,400 acres of farmland. I thought (Governor) DeSantis said he would never let our farmlands be sold to China. Shame on you, (Governor) DeSantis. You just want more businesses to move here because it (means) more money in your pocket even if it is (comes allegedly from) China. These big businesses that (then-Gov.) Rick Scott caused (to happen) the slaughter of Florida. Not only do the companies of executives come in, they bring in outsiders from Florida to work for them. Hence, more overpopulation that we don’t need. Every speck of land is going to be gobbled up. So would you come and visit a State that is nothing but tar, cement, and human beings, even if it does have beaches that are no longer as beautiful and pristine as they once were and (before) Disney World?

“JOINN Laboratories, based in Beijing, China, says the primates will be quarantined at the Morriston site to make sure they are healthy before being sold to other companies in the United States.

“JOINN bought the 1,400 acres from L&T Cattle based in Levy County for [a] price of $5.5 million. The (Chinese) company specializes in the development of drugs used for medical treatment of people.

“The land is zoned forestry–rural residential, and much of it is protected by a conservation easement, but (Realtor Dustin) Calderon said in e-mails to Hectus that timber and cattle grazing are allowed on the conservation area.

“(Mr.) Calderon said there are 20 acres inside the conservation easement that can be used for construction of buildings, but he said outside the easement, the owner has purchased 90-plus acres adjacent to the property, 51 acres plus on one side and 40 acres plus on the other side.”

For more details of this alleged budding “Monkey Business” scandal, readers may click this link.

This column thanks Cindy Stiles for bringing into focus the emerging alleged scandal in Florida about the importation of monkeys from China.

Perhaps the first step is to bring it to the proper attention of current (and outgoing) Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried. A mass-based coalition can petition her esteemed office to stop the entry of the said apes on any of the following grounds:

Argument No. 1) The raging pandemic due to the COVID-19 disease reportedly started among wildlife being sold as exotic food sources among affluent Chinese, as bought in the wet market of Wuhan. Ergo, every monkey imported from China should be inspected and tested in China — under the supervision of the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of its strict regulations on bringing to the U.S. live animals, including pets.

Argument No. 2) The current Monkeypox epidemic may soon be a pandemic. Why should Florida and the rest of the U.S. risk the entry of possible carriers of the monkeypox virus? Apes are monkeys, right?

“… The Office of Commissioner Fried should also seek the help of the U.S. military to make sure that the importation of monkeys from China is not just a ruse to manufacture biological-warfare materials that can be unleashed in the Continental United States (CONUS) in case of war between the U.S. and China — with or without the participation of Russia. “

Argument No. 3) The Office of Commissioner Fried should also seek the help of the U.S. military to make sure that the importation of monkeys from China is not just a ruse to manufacture biological-warfare materials that can be unleashed in the Continental United States (CONUS) in case of war between the U.S. and China — with or without the participation of Russia. Florida is not even a day’s drive from the District of Columbia, the seat of the American federal government. Can the American government take this unnecessary risk?

Argument No. 4) Some of the monkeys may actually be used for the delicacy called the “monkey soup,” where the top of the monkey brain is sliced off, and Chinese gourmet practitioners delight in eating the brain (of the living ape) as an aphrodisiac meal. How sure are Florida authorities that some alleged “monkey rejects” for supposed medical research do not end up in China Town restaurants? The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (www.PETA.org) will probably join the opposition to the said project once its national headquarters is notified of the alleged budding scandal.

When this happens, perhaps the appropriate new title for this thread should be different. “Will Florida’s New “Monkey Business” Become “MonkeyFox News’ Exclusive”? Will the Chinese company seek the support of Fox News to defend itself and indirectly Gov. Ron DeSantis and his Administration? Or will late-night comedians dub it the “Foxatire,” as in the satirical reporting on the Fox News’ exclusive of the “Monkey Business” in Florida”? And mind you, friends of L&T Cattle executives will probably ask them in jest by using a Texan adage, “All hat and no cattle?”

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2 comments

Ron Desantis November 1, 2022 - 8:39 pm

Wrong again, Bobby. Fox just did a negative story on this topic. Stay focused young man!

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Roberto (Bobby) M. Reyes December 2, 2022 - 7:22 pm

Dear Honorable Governor DeSantis:

Thank you for your reply.

I will send to your office a formal letter about our suggested environmentally-sound project proposals for your esteemed Great State of Florida.

Very respectfully yours,

Bobby M. Reyes
(A great-grandfather-journalist

Replying to: RON DESANTIS
November 1, 2022 – 8:39 pm
Wrong again, Bobby. Fox just did a negative story on this topic. Stay focused young man!

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