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At the end of May, the long history of the New England Primate Research Center will come to an abrupt end as Harvard takes the unusual step — one that is baffling to many researchers — to close the Southborough facility.
After about 30 years of using a colony of chimpanzees in Liberia for biomedical research, which ended 10 years ago, the New York Blood Center has now withdrawn all funding for them, prompting animal welfare groups to urge the center to reconsider its decision.
For now, the Humane Society of the United States is supporting the chimps, which are owned by the government of Liberia, and is starting a campaign to raise funds for them.
Please help the abandoned chimpanzees of Liberia by donating towards their care, and signing a petition asking the New York Blood Center to to fulfill their promise of lifetime care for the chimpanzees.
A New York state judge heard arguments today on whether chimpanzees can be considered persons with some legal rights, as advocates seeking to free two chimps in captivity on Long Island asserted they were “autonomous beings” and compared their plight to that of human slaves.
Should chimpanzees — complex creatures with thoughts, feelings and the smarts to learn sign language — have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
Steven Wise, a prominent animal rights attorney from Coral Springs, has bet his career on it.
Animal welfare activists have scored several victories in recent years in their efforts to mandate better treatment of chimpanzees. Now they are asking a federal agency to make similar changes to the housing and treatment of monkeys.
Click to read about how the PRC is involved in this important effort to improve the lives of primates in research - including quotes from the PRC's Founder and Executive Director, April Truitt.
Click here to comment on the petition to the USDA. Every word helps - speak up and share your thoughts!
A zoo in France is appealing to the public for help to find 17 rare and endangered monkeys that were stolen over the weekend.
Social media has been all abuzz in recent days over a new video showing a young orangutan who's taken it upon himself to "babysit" a group of little tiger cubs. The viral-bound footage of unlikely friends has been viewed tens of millions of times online and described as a "cuteness overload!"
But while this easy internet fodder certainly has an irresistible appeal on its surface, one needn't dig too deep to realize that it's not really cute at all. In fact, it's actually quite saddening.
The unlikely star of the short-lived 1960s TV show Cobby’s Hobbies has lived in captivity at San Francisco zoo since filming wrapped. A new documentary about his life highlights the less fortunate plight of his fellow chimp child-stars.