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Cruel Treatment of Primate Pets May Come to End

Erika Fleury December 10, 2015

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.

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AZ Bans Individuals from Possessing Primates as Pets

Erika Fleury December 04, 2015

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.

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Marmoset on the Loose Eventually Gets Returned to Owner

Erika Fleury December 03, 2015

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.

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First Hibernating Primate Found Outside Madagascar

Erika Fleury December 03, 2015

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.

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Activists Sound Alarm on Transfer of Chimps to U.K.

Erika Fleury December 02, 2015

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.

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FWS Sued by NEAVS et al. Over Permit to Yerkes to Ship Chimpanzees to Unaccredited Zoo

Erika Fleury December 01, 2015

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. 

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Bowie, TX Woman Recovering From Monkey Attack

Erika Fleury November 26, 2015

The Montague County, Texas Sheriff's Office has revealed a Bowie-area woman is recovering from a monkey attack earlier in November. The woman was treated for minor injuries she received after being attacked by a Japanese snow macaque on her back porch recently.

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Primates in Peril: HALF of Our Closest Living Relatives are On the Brink of Extinction

Erika Fleury November 24, 2015

They are our closest living relatives in the animal kingdom, yet more than half of the world's primates are facing extinction due to our destruction of the habitats where they live.

Scientists released a new report on the world's most endangered primates. The Hainan gibbon in China has just 25 individuals remaining in the wild. There are just 50 Northern sportive lemur left living in Madagascar. Scientists warn new efforts are needed to save many of these species.

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N.I.H. to End Backing for Invasive Research on Chimps

Erika Fleury November 19, 2015

The National Institutes of Health announced that it would end its support for invasive research on chimpanzees and retire the 50 chimps that it had set aside for future biomedical research.

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Monkey Bites 84-Year-Old Woman, Runs Wild Through Neighborhood

Erika Fleury November 18, 2015

A monkey ran wild through a Harlingen, Texas neighborhood on Wednesday, November 18th, injuring an 84-year-old woman, according to information released by the Harlingen Police Department.

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