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People who care about animal welfare are demanding information from the USDA

Melanie Parker August 11, 2017

The Agriculture Department abruptly removed all animal welfare reports from its website in February, sparking public outcry, denouncements from Congress and a lawsuit. Six months later, we’re no closer to understanding exactly why the reports were taken down or when all might be restored.

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Zoo Chimp Freed In Historic Legal Case Takes First Steps Onto Grass

Erika Fleury April 07, 2017

For the first time in her life, Cecilia is feeling the grass beneath her feet — and learning what it means to be free.

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What Really Made Primate Brains So Big?

Erika Fleury March 29, 2017

A new study suggests that fruit, not social relationships, could be the main driver of larger brains.

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Precedent in Chimpanzee Rights Case Could Backfire on Humans: Lawyer

Erika Fleury March 17, 2017

An attorney fighting for chimpanzees to someday have legal rights of their own told a New York court Thursday that it would be dangerous not to grant the primates the capacity for rights.

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Monkey Seized During Laconia Property Search

Erika Fleury March 06, 2017

State conservation officers are looking for a new home for a monkey seized during a search of a Laconia, New Hampshire property Monday afternoon.

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New Dwarf Primate Found, Is Giant Among Its Kin

Erika Fleury March 01, 2017

Sharp-eared researchers have detected the sounds of a previously undescribed species of dwarf bush baby deep in the African jungle. Native to Angola, the six-inch-long mammal may be already endangered, scientists say.

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An Infused Tequila is Taking Bourbon Country by Storm

Erika Fleury February 17, 2017

Did you know some monkeys have a taste for fermenting fruits? Neither did the owners of a new spirits company, until they stumbled upon the fact while tossing around names for their infused tequila, made from Mexican agave fruits. The coincidence was too fitting, and Spider Monkey Spirits was born.

Now, the partners encourage their customers to #findyourinnermonkey — an idea that's caught the attention of the Kentucky Primate Rescue Center, located in Nicholasville. Kidwell said the owners plan to partner with the center on future projects.

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Serious “Monkey Business” Went on at Mysterious Orange Park Research Center

Erika Fleury February 05, 2017

To the locals, it was the “Monkey Farm.” To the Boy Scouts, it was the “Ape Farm.” Shrouded in mystery, it spawned tales that reached King Kong-size proportions around the flickering firelight at nearby Camp Echockotee.

But this was no primate zoo. Officially, it was the Yale Laboratories of Primate Biology. And there was serious research, or monkey business, if you will, going on there.

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USDA Blacks Out Animal Welfare Information

Erika Fleury February 03, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today removed public access to tens of thousands of reports that document the numbers of animals kept by research labs, companies, zoos, circuses, and animal transporters—and whether those animals are being treated humanely under the Animal Welfare Act. Henceforth, those wanting access to the information will need to file a Freedom of Information Act request.

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A Gorilla Shot and Killed Before my Eyes: a Primatologist’s Plea to Save Great Apes

Erika Fleury February 03, 2017

A recent study on primate conservation confirms what primatologists have known for a long time: the planet of the apes is on the verge of extinction.

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