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Anthropology professor Barbara J. King explains why a recent viral video featuring children petting a lemur is neither cute nor heartwarming.
The New England Anti-Vivisection Society and a coalition of sanctuaries and chimpanzee experts, filed suit against the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in response to its Thursday (April 21) decision to grant Yerkes National Primate Research Center a permit to export eight endangered chimpanzees -- Abby, Agatha, Elvira, Faye, Fritz, Lucas, Tara and Georgia -- to Wingham Wildlife Park, an unaccredited commercial zoo in Kent, England.
As succinctly stated by April Truitt, Director of Primate Rescue Center, "These animals have suffered enough. They deserve to go to sanctuary."
Jersey, a brown capuchin monkey, was kept as a house pet for nine years … and it nearly ruined him. Learn how the Primate Rescue Center helped save Jersey.
The National Institutes of Health announced three years ago that hundreds of chimpanzees it held for medical research would be retired to a Louisiana sanctuary. Last year, it said that a last remaining colony of 50 chimps would also spend its final years in the sanctuary.
But the process of transferring chimps from three research labs in New Mexico and Texas — where some have been deliberately infected with hepatitis and other diseases — has been sluggish.
Urgent welfare reforms are required to ensure the physical and psychological needs of primates are met, according to activists. A petition calling for new laws providing better standards of care for monkeys kept as pets in the UK has been handed to Downing Street.
Famed primatologist Frans de Waal shares his thoughts on primate behavior and the utility - and not avoidance of - anthropomorphism.
Locally famous chimp is the focal point of first federal lawsuit filed using new rules to place captive chimpanzees under protection of Endangered Species Act