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Hallelujah! NBC Cancels “Animal Practice”

April Truitt October 19, 2012 Comments (1)

After earning distinction this week as the lowest-rated network broadcast in its time slot, NBC has pulled the plug on the sitcom "Animal Practice."  This over-hyped and ill-conceived flop featured Crystal the fear-grinning capuchin monkey in a starring role. While we'd like to imagine that the cancellation was in response to the outcry of animal welfare groups and primatologists concerned about Crystal's cruel exploitation, the sad truth is that television programming is driven by advertising $$$, and this was an economic decision. Nevertheless, please consider writing to NBC Entertainment Chair Bob Greenblatt at bob.greenblatt@nbcuni.com and ask NBC to discontinue the barbaric and outdated practice of using wild animals in their future programming.

Primate Rescue Center Earns Accreditation from Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Jenny Compton March 16, 2012 Comments (5)

The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is honored to announce that the Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, Kentucky, has achieved GFAS Accreditation.

The accreditation means the Primate Rescue Center meets the comprehensive and rigorous definition of a true sanctuary and is providing humane and responsible care of the primates, meeting rigorous and peer-reviewed standards for operations, administration, and veterinary care established by GFAS, which is the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries. The accreditation status also provides a clear and trusted means for public, donors, and government agencies to recognize the Primate Rescue Center as an exceptional sanctuary.

Established in 1987, the Primate Rescue Center was already the home to several dozen monkeys when it provided sanctuary to seven chimpanzees rescued from a research laboratory. Today, the Primate Rescue Center is home to more than 50 monkeys and apes, including 11 chimpanzees.

"For 25 years the Primate Rescue Center has provided the very highest quality of care to our residents. We are honored to have this standard of excellence accredited and praised by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. We applaud GFAS for creating standards to identify and distinguish legitimate animal sanctuaries,” says April Truitt, Executive Director of the Primate Rescue Center.

“The rescue stories of the monkeys and apes at the Primate Rescue Center are truly heartbreaking and inspirational. These animals and this sanctuary so deserve our ongoing support. The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries is proud to bestow Accreditation status on the Primate Rescue Center,” says Patty Finch, Executive Director of GFAS.

For more information on GFAS, please visit http://www.sanctuaryfederation.org For a.dditional information on the Primate Rescue Center, please visit http://www.primate-rescue.org

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About Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting sanctuaries is to ensure they are supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders from a number of different organizations in response to virtually unchecked and often hidden exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. The GFAS Board of Directors guides the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. They represent top leadership from Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, American Anti-Vivisection Society, and National Anti-Vivisection Society. http://www.sanctuaryfederation.org

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About the Primate Rescue Center
The mission of the Primate Rescue Center is to alleviate the suffering of primates wherever it occurs by:
providing sanctuary or referral to appropriate facilities; 
working to end the trade in primates both in the United States and abroad;
educating the public to the plight of primates caught in the breeder/dealer cycle;
assisting researchers and zoo personnel in finding appropriate placement for surplus primates;
encouraging compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws and animal welfare statutes.

Our Sweet Suzie - Rest In Peace

Jenny Compton January 26, 2012 Comments (17)

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share with you the passing of our dear Suzie.

Suzie was an olive baboon who arrived at the PRC in October of 2009 after more than 20 years of social isolation in a private home. After authorities intervened, she arrived at our sanctuary extremely underweight, with undiagnosed diabetes, and ghostly pale from lack of exposure to the sun. We quickly set about treating her diabetes with proper diet and medication. As her health gradually improved, we were able to introduce her to other primates. She enjoyed spending her afternoons basking in the sunshine, her skin darkening so she resembled her wild counterparts.

Unfortunately, the many years that her diabetes went undiagnosed and untreated took their toll. Ultimately, the effects of this horrible disease were more than her body could overcome. Suzie passed away peacefully on January 23, surrounded by staff who loved her, and with the warmth of the sun shining on her.

As we mourn her loss, we wanted to remember her at her happiest and share some of our favorite photos of her here.

In loving memory of Suzie

Lions and Tigers and Bears - Oh %^&*!!

April Truitt October 22, 2011 Comments (7)

By now we've all had a chance to reflect on the carnage in Zanesville, OH - even as more gruesome details continue to be revealed. While much ink is being given to the debate over the actions taken by the Sheriff's Department, the real question we should be asking is: Despite over 30 complaints reported in the last 5 years, why were local authorities powerless to take action in this situation?

After a kangaroo attacked and severely injured 80-year-old John Kokas at Kokas Exotics Animal Farm in Green Camp, OH on September 20, 2011, The Zanesville Times-Recorder reported that Sen. Dave Burke, R-Marysville (representing Ohio's 26th District), ODNR, zookeepers and other interested parties are working on statewide legislation to address incidents like the attack in Green Camp. "There is a problem. We want to make sure this doesn't happen again," Burke said.

Chad Grody, the Marion County wildlife officer, said ODNR has no regulatory authority over non-native animals. "We regulate the fish and wildlife native to Ohio. The Ohio Division of Wildlife does not license exotic animals." The kangaroo was euthanized.

This preventable tragedy reinforces what we’ve been saying for over two decades: Wild animals are simply not pets, and do not belong in the hands of those ill-equipped and unprepared to care for them. Absent common sense on this issue, stronger state legislation is needed - and now!

Although the Executive Order just signed by Governor John Kasich is a logical first step - until and unless the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of WIldlife is actually given regulatory authority over non-native animals, the lucrative trade in and collecting of inherently dangerous animals in Ohio is free to continue - with no oversight. According to USDA records, the State of Ohio is home to 236 licensed Class A Breeders, Class B Dealers & Class C Exhibitors. Our best guess is that there are at least another 500+ unlicensed owners of exotic "pets" in Ohio, but since no licensure is required for private owners like Terry Thompson, no one really knows.

How many more injuries, escapes, mauling and deaths are the citizens of Ohio willing to endure?
Let Governor John Kasich know how you feel about this issue.

STOP THE MADNESS NOW!

“No Retirement in Sight for Aging Research Chimpanzee”

Jenny Compton September 30, 2011 Comments (7)

PRC Executive Director April Truitt shares her thoughts on the retirement of chimpanzees with the The Atlanta-Journal Constitution in this story about Wenka, a 57-year-old chimpanzee used at Emory University's Yerkes National Primate Research Center. Click here to read Wenka's story.

Stan Lee and Dean Haspiel team up for the final Panels for Primates comic strip

Jenny Compton July 05, 2011

Comic legend, Stan “The Man” Lee, and Emmy award winning artist, Dean Haspiel, created Even Gorillas Have Pride! to help the Panels for Primates comic anthology end with a bang! The Primate Rescue Center has been incredibly fortunate to be part of such a great endeavor. Troy Wilson has done an amazing job and helped the PRC reach a whole new audience. We were left speechless and beyond honored when Stan Lee and Dean Haspiel created the last comic for this anthology.

Stan "The Man" Lee has created or co-created 90 percent of Marvel's most recognized characters, which have been successfully licensed and marketed since 1965. His famous co-creations include Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Thor, and Iron Man, among many others. Lee, first became publisher of Marvel Comics in 1972, and is presently the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Enterprises, Inc. Lee is also the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment.

Emmy award winning artist, Dean Haspiel, created the Eisner award nominated BILLY DOGMA and the semi-autobiographical, STREET CODE. Dean has drawn many great superhero and semi-autobiographical comic books for major publishers and illustrates for HBO's "Bored To Death."

Since the first comic strip in October 2010, 56 generous creators from seven countries have donated 127 pages of all new material.The awareness this campaign created is invaluable. You can view all of the comics at act-i-vate.com.

Many thanks again to Troy Wilson and all of the artists who made this possible.

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Saving Taxpayer $$ by Saving Chimpanzees

April Truitt April 14, 2011

We were thrilled to receive the news from our friends at Project R&R (Release & Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories) today that the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act has been reintroduced in the 112th Congress. HR1513/S810 has the leadership of Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) as well as 42 cosponsors. Formerly known as the Great Ape Protection Act, we're hopeful that the addition of the "Cost Savings" element will be just the ticket this bill needs to pass both House and Senate. If you'd like to add your voice to the many supporting this effort, you'll find several ways to do so at ReleaseChimps.org.

Panels for Primates??

Jenny Compton March 11, 2011 Comments (44)

Last fall we received an unusual phone call from Canadian artist Troy Wilson. He explained that he wanted to create a charity comic anthology to benefit the Primate Rescue Center. Each week would feature a new primate themed comic by both well-known and up-and-coming creators. Visitors to the site would be encouraged to make a donation to the Primate Rescue Center.

After taking a moment for the information and idea to absorb, we let him know that we were thrilled to be part of such a creative idea!

The first comic for Panels for Primates was launched October 6, 2010 on ACT-I-VATE.com. So far 23 comic strips by 36 different creators have been posted, with new ones coming out each week. We estimate that more than $300 has been donated and we have had countless visitors to our website due to this unique endeavor.   

The comics are very entertaining and the creativity is amazing. We are very thankful to Troy Wilson and the many contributors of Panels for Primates for featuring the PRC. They have found a truly unique way to share information about the plight of primates and introduced the PRC to a completely new audience.

Make sure you bookmark the site www.act-i-vate.com so you can read each new comic and enjoy the ones you may have missed.

Great Apes in Entertainment: No Laughing Matter

April Truitt February 09, 2011

Judging from the backlash CareerBuilder has received for reviving their exploitive use of chimpanzees in their recent Super Bowl ad - I was not the only one disgusted to see Great Apes returning to the Super Bowl ad line-up after a four year hiatus. We've featured several relevant articles and editorials on our In the News page.

It was no surprise when the usual suspects - PETA & HSUS - were among the loudest voices condemning the abusive practice of using apes as actors. But when the brave folks at Advertising Age stepped up and called out CareerBuilder for their poor decision making, I couldn't help but jump up and cheer!

We rightly expect the big humane groups to be familiar with the cruel practices surrounding the acquisition and disposal of Great Apes in entertainment - that's their world. However, when a major ad industry trade publication points out that eighteen ad agencies have agreed to stop using live apes in the commercials they produce, well that starts to feel like real progress.

It's simply no longer fashionable - or funny - to use and abuse our closest cousins in this way.

In the not-to-distant future, I fully expect that we'll see a complete end to the exploitation of Great Apes as entertainers.

In the meantime, please do your part:
DON'T patronize companies who exploit animals to sell goods or services;
DO tell them why you won't be buying what they're selling;
DON'T attend circuses who use Great Apes or other performing animals;
DO tell your friends and family why they shouldn't attend either;
DON'T hesitate to applaud and support vendors and service providers whose marketing practices you agree with;
DO be loud and proud - the "Good Guys" need to know you care!

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