Smash HLS Brings a New Aggressive Style of Animal Activism to South Florida

On a scalding Saturday afternoon, nearly a dozen Miami Beach Police cars are jammed up on the lawns of a shady residential street near Mount Sinai Hospital. Cops lean against their cruisers as a mangy group of about 20 protesters spills out onto the overgrown lawn before a white, single-story house.

The group waves placards with pictures of emaciated primates clutching the bars of their cages. Some protesters hide their faces behind black bandannas. Others wear monkey masks."Raise your fist and your voice!" cackles a skinny and bespectacled 30-year-old with his hair swirled up into a '50s greaser 'do.

"Helpless monkeys have no choice," the group answers.

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Kyle Swenson
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