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Sometimes an exposé reveals a seedy secret world of animal exploitation and makes a huge splash. And sometimes a dark world of horrific exploitation is hidden in plain sight.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will phase out monkey experiments at one of its labs in Poolesville, Maryland. The lab in question is run by Stephen Suomi, who studies how early environment shapes behavior. Some of his work involves separating young monkeys from their mothers, measuring their addiction to alcohol, and monitoring their long-term stress levels.
It’s no monkey business. There are reports of a primate loose on Florida's Alligator Point and there’s a photo to prove it.
In the UK, the harrowing plight of thousands of monkeys kept in filth and squalor as trendy pets looks as if it is coming to an end.
Arizona has passed a new regulation that bans people from having primates as pets, and it took effect on December 5, 2015.
The state Game and Fish Commission approved the policy, which makes future ownership of primates such as furry baboons, macaque monkeys, and capuchin monkeys illegal.
On Wednesday evening (December 2), the folks at San Diego's Barons Market had a special shopper wander into their store.According to the Facebook post, a marmoset "just ran into Barons and started jumping on people's shoulders."
Marmosets are illegal to own as pets in California.
The pygmy slow loris, which lives in Cambodia, China, Vietnam, and Laos, has been documented using hibernation to conserve energy. Previously, the only known primates to hibernate were lemurs living on the island nation of Madagascar.
Flouting international law, the United States gave researchers permission to send eight endangered chimpanzees to an unaccredited British zoo, animal activists claim in a federal complaint. Six wildlife groups (including the Primate Rescue Center) from the U.S., U.K. and Canada led by the New England Anti-Vivisection Society brought the federal complaint Monday in Washington to save the chimps.They are joined as plaintiffs by two women who served as caregivers for some of the primates at the Yerkes National Primate Center in Atlanta.
New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) a Boston-based, international animal advocacy organization, and its coalition of chimpanzee experts and sanctuaries (including the Primate Rescue Center), filed a lawsuit today against U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) challenging the agency's decision to issue a permit to Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta, GA to "donate" eight chimpanzees to Wingham Wildlife Park, an unaccredited U.K. zoo.