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Do Animals Have Morals and Show Empathy?

Erika Fleury December 27, 2014

This week, two videos have supposedly shown the astonishing empathy of animals: creatures rushing to help their fellow species in their hour of need.

The crucial question is whether these recent videos provide proof of genuine depictions of animals showing empathy and concern for their fellow species or merely examples of humans forcing our own feelings and concepts onto animal behaviour?

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Don’t Fall For It: Woman Buys Monkey Online, Never Arrives

Erika Fleury December 24, 2014

A Wichita, KS woman tried to buy a Capuchin monkey online, but it never came. Now she wonders if she'll ever get her money back.

Animal experts warn potential buyers that monkeys are not an ideal house pet.

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Court in Argentina Grants Basic Rights to Orangutan

Erika Fleury December 23, 2014

A court in Argentina has ruled that a shy orangutan who spent the last 20 years in a zoo can be granted some legal rights enjoyed by humans.

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Court Hears Second Case for a Chimpanzee’s Legal Rights

Erika Fleury December 23, 2014

Another chimpanzee had his day in court.

Judges at an appeals court in Rochester, New York heard arguments earlier this month that Kiko, a chimpanzee owned by a couple in Niagara Falls, should be considered a legal person with a right to not be owned or imprisoned.

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Monkey-style ‘Bromance’ Helps Macaques Weather Life’s Hard Knocks

Erika Fleury December 11, 2014

When it comes to weathering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, male macaques get by with a little help from their fellow dudes, according to new research.

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Chimps Aren’t People - For Now

Erika Fleury December 11, 2014

Like the green wire-mesh cage that confines him, Tommy the chimpanzee is deemed “property,” not a person. A New York State appeals court made that clear last week when the five-judge panel denied a 26-year-old ape personhood and release from his enclosure.

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