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US Government Rethinks How To Retire Research Chimps

Melanie Parker February 25, 2018

A new working group will develop guidelines for determining whether moving the primates to sanctuaries is harmful to their health.

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Truth Behind Viral Video Of Chimp Hugging Dog Isn’t Cute

Melanie Parker February 11, 2018

This chimp lost his family, and now people are using him to make thousands of dollars. A video of a baby chimpanzee hugging a dog has gone viral — for all the wrong reasons.

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Citing Deaths of Lab Monkeys, F.D.A. Ends an Addiction Study

Melanie Parker February 03, 2018

The deaths of four squirrel monkeys used as subjects in a nicotine addiction study have prompted the Food and Drug Administration to shut down the research permanently and to establish a council to oversee all animal studies under the agency’s purview.

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Popular Car Maker Used Monkeys In Secret Experiments

Melanie Parker February 03, 2018

To prove their diesel vehicles were cleaner than others on the market, Volkswagen financed a harrowing experiment in 2014: They locked 10 monkeys into an airtight room and pumped it full of diesel exhaust.

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Chinese Scientists Clone Monkeys Using Method That Created Dolly The Sheep

Melanie Parker February 02, 2018

Chinese researchers have finally figured out how to clone a primate, using the same technique Scottish researchers devised to clone the first mammal, Dolly the sheep, in the mid-1990s.

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Hollywood ‘unethical’ for starring chimpanzees and orangutans in films

Melanie Parker January 21, 2018

Using primates in films is unethical and damages their welfare by fooling the public into thinking they are happy in human environments. A new study by the University of Edinburgh directs particular criticism towards films which feature primates appearing to "smile", as this is actually a sign of distress.

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Wild Florida monkeys could pass herpes to people, researchers warn

Melanie Parker January 12, 2018

Wildlife managers in Florida say they want to remove roaming monkeys from the state in light of a new study published Wednesday that finds some of the animals are excreting a virus that can be dangerous to humans.

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Shutterstock Bans All Images of Primates Dressed as Humans

Melanie Parker December 22, 2017

Wonderful news for primates! Shutterstock, the world’s largest subscription-based stock photo agency, as well as their subsidiaries, recently made the compassionate decision to BAN all photographs that feature primates in unnatural settings.

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New Species of Orangutan is Rarest Great Ape on Earth

Melanie Parker December 08, 2017

A population of about 800 apes living in the Sumatran mountains are genetically distinct from Sumatran and Bornean orangutans, a new study says.

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Lab Chimps Are Moving to Sanctuaries - Slowly

Melanie Parker November 22, 2017

Medical experimentation on chimpanzees has ended, but moving all of them into retirement will be a difficult task.

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