Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan expressed vehement opposition to a Central District Court decision on Monday to allow for the export of monkeys from the Mazor Farm. The ruling, which called for the export of 90 monkeys immediately, occurred despite his request to suspend the court decision in order for the attorney-general to assess the possibility of closing the farm entirely, according to the ministry.
"I greatly regret the court's decision," said Erdan in a statement released by his office. "I will continue to work against the judicial authorities in order to bring an end to the export of protected wild animals from Israel." In light of the events, Erdan said he was considering transferring the power over granting permits for wild animal trade from the Israel Nature and Parks Authority to the Environmental Protection Ministry.