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Comic Strip Series Helps Primates

April Truitt February 10, 2011

UVic student and former Camosun student Troy Wilson is fighting to raise money for a primate sanctuary in the United States, and he’s going about it with an unusual approach.

Wilson is the editor of Panels for Primates, which is an online anthology of comic strips about primates. The project started in October and one new comic strip will be installed every Wednesday until sometime in April. At the end of each installment is a page encouraging people to donate to the Primate Rescue Centre in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Wilson admits the fundraising initiative is “an odd endeavour” and questions whether many people will donate money online for something they can view for free. But he says he hopes comic lovers will come around, as his own appreciation for comics inspired him to take on the project from the start.


How “Chimpus Commercialus” Went From Ad Star to Endangered Species

April Truitt February 08, 2011

Before this year's Super Bowl, it had likely been years since most Americans had seen a national TV spot featuring an ape. That's because chimpus commercialus and its kin, thanks to pressure put on marketers and ad agencies by animal-rights groups, are on the verge of extinction.

Read more at Advertising Age

Super Bowl Commercials: What Happens to Those CareerBuilder Chimps?

April Truitt February 07, 2011

They're not monkeys. They're chimpanzees with short working lives in entertainment, after which they can't be returned to zoos or the wild. Lucky ones end up in sanctuaries, needing care for the next 40 years.

Major ad agencies have pledged not to use Great Apes. Why won't CareerBuilder?


Attention CareerBuilder: Put an End to Your Monkey Business!

April Truitt February 07, 2011

Project ChimpCARE, which is headquartered at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, expressed its disappointment today concerning CareerBuilder's decision to use chimpanzees, dressed as humans, in its latest advertising campaigns. This practice, according to the group, suggests negative conservation and animal welfare implications.

A few years ago the zoo's primate experts published scientific research demonstrating that conservation efforts for endangered chimpanzees may be hindered by the media industry's inappropriate use and portrayal of the species. These findings were published in the journal Science.

Steve Ross, PhD, and founder of Project ChimpCARE explains, "Since that time, many advertising agencies have pledged to no longer use chimpanzees. It's disappointing that CareerBuilder continues this damaging and archaic practice."


Memo to Adland: Enough With the Monkey Business

April Truitt February 06, 2011

Over the past few years, you may have noticed fewer and fewer commercials featuring apes - chimpanzees, in particular. That's a positive development, but the fact is there should be none.

Read more at Advertising Age

CT Schedules Exotic Animal Hearing

April Truitt February 04, 2011

February 16 will mark two years since Travis, the chimpanzee from North Stamford, CT attacked the friend of his owner and was killed by a police officer.

On the day before that tragic anniversary, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing on a list of wild and exotic animals to be banned in the state.

All interested persons are invited to express their views on the proposed regulations.

Date: February 15, 2011
Time: 6:00PM
Location: Dept. of Environmental Protection
Phoenix Auditorium
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106


North Carolina Monkey to be Euthanized

April Truitt February 03, 2011

A monkey that attacked three people in North Carolina will be euthanized, the state's veterinarian announced Tuesday.

The animal has bitten a total of three people, officials said, including Patricia Knight, who was freshening its water supply when the monkey bit her over the weekend. John Stacey, the animal's owner, has been charged with keeping a wild and dangerous animal and was given a $50 fine.


300 Animals Seized by Deputies & SPCA in Central Texas

April Truitt February 03, 2011

A pair of lions and tigers were among 300 domestic and exotic animals the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals helped seize this week from a Central Texas ranch.

Among the animals found were 39 horses, two mountain lions, two Bengal tigers, 230 dogs, 13 rodents, 18 cats, five birds, a deer, raccoon, lizard and one primate, who died in transit to the SPCA.

Two people who own the Coryell County property where the animals were seized have each been charged with a dozen counts of cruelty to animals, one of the charges a state felony count, officials said.

Read more at The Houston Chronicle

Monkey Attacks Woman While Owner Out of Town

April Truitt February 01, 2011

A North Carolina woman is recovering from bites on her hand after being attacked by a friend's monkey on Sunday.

Patricia Knight was sitting a black-capped capuchin monkey named Joe for a friend who went out of town when things got out of control around 3 p.m.

Knight said she opened Joe's cage to change his water bowl when he jumped on her head. Then as Knight tried to keep the pet from running outside the home, he attacked her, deputies said. Knight received medical treatment and is back home.


Air Canada Under Fire for Shipping Lab Monkeys

April Truitt February 01, 2011

The arrival of 48 monkeys on a flight from China this weekend has brought Air Canada under fire for shipping primates destined for research laboratories, but the airline says it is obliged by federal law to accept monkeys as cargo.

Air Canada is one of a small number of airlines that continues to transport these primates. Under pressure from animal rights groups and the public, many airlines have banned the practice. British Airways, for example, has a policy of “not carrying live animals that are for use in any laboratory, or for experimentation or exploitation,” according to media liaison manager Sophie Greenyer.

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