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NIH Moves to Retire Most Chimps Used in Research

April Truitt January 23, 2013

Almost all of the 451 chimpanzees owned or supported by the National Institutes of Health that are now at research facilities should be permanently retired from research and moved to sanctuaries, with planning for the move to start immediately, a report from an N.I.H. council unanimously recommended Tuesday

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NIH Plans to Relocate 100+ Lab Chimps to Sanctuary

April Truitt December 19, 2012

The National Institutes of Health, after extensive collaboration with the Chimp Haven federal sanctuary, New Iberia Research Center (NIRC), and other organizations, has developed a plan to formally retire directly to the Federal Sanctuary System all of its chimpanzees at New Iberia that were recently designated as permanently ineligible for biomedical research. The NIH animals housed at NIRC, New Iberia, La., are to be transferred to the Chimp Haven sanctuary in Keithville, La., over the next 12-15 months.

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Primate Rescue Center Earns Accreditation from Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Jenny Compton March 16, 2012

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

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Ohio Animal Tragedy: Why Do People Own Exotic Pets?

April Truitt October 23, 2011

The slaughter of over 50 renegade animals let loose from a backyard zoo in Zanesville, Ohio, Wednesday is shedding light on the people who actively pursue owning lions, bears, tigers, baboons and other exotic pets and why they risk their lives to tend to animals many consider dangerous and unfit for private habitation.

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Dangerous Animals Escape Ohio Preserve

April Truitt October 19, 2011

Dozens of animals escaped Tuesday from a Zanesville, Ohio wild-animal preserve that houses bears, big cats and other beasts, and the owner later was found dead there, said police, who shot several of the animals and urged nearby residents to stay indoors.

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Ban Chimp Testing:  Why It is Time to End Invasive Biomedical Research on Chimpanzees

April Truitt September 28, 2011

The testing began shortly after Bobby’s first birthday. By the time he was 19 he had been anesthetized more than 250 times and undergone innumerable biopsies in the name of science. Much of the time he lived alone in a cramped, barren cage. Bobby grew depressed and emaciated and began biting his own arm, leaving permanent scars.

Bobby is a chimpanzee. Born in captivity to parents who were also lab chimps, he grew up at the Coulston Foundation, a biomedical research facility in Alamogordo, N.M., that was cited for repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act before it was shuttered in 2002. He is one of the lucky ones. Today he lives in a sanctuary called Save the Chimps in Fort Pierce, Fla., where he can socialize and roam freely. 

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Rescuers Tell Cameron Crowe “No More Monkey Business”

April Truitt September 24, 2011

Please, no more monkey business.

April Truitt, who runs the Primate Rescue Center in Jessamine County, is sending that message to movie director Cameron Crowe in a plea not to use monkeys or apes in any more films.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Initiates Review of the Chimpanzee’s Status

April Truitt August 31, 2011

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will initiate a status review to determine whether reclassifying all captive chimpanzees from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is warranted.

Currently, wild chimpanzees are listed as endangered, and captive chimpanzees are listed as threatened. Captive chimpanzees within the United States are covered by a special rule allowing activities otherwise prohibited by the ESA.

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Monkey Wedding Called Illegal By Indian Officials

April Truitt July 12, 2011

It was a wedding that thousands waited eagerly for since the engagement was announced. Invitations were sent, the details were meticulously labored over, and finally, to the almost-hysteric joy of the crowds, the big day arrived.

In the small village of Talwas, Rajasthan, Raju, a well-known cigarette smoking monkey, and his bride Chinki were married. But the carefully made preparations were thrown into havoc by government officials who cracked down on the animal nuptials, because monkeys are technically government property. So marrying a monkey, even to another monkey, is illegal.


No More Monkey Business for Senators

April Truitt July 11, 2011

A group of lawmakers is seeking to put the kibosh on transporting primates in the exotic pet trade.

Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), David Vitter (R-La.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are standing up for our genetically similar, hairy friends by introducing the Captive Primate Safety Act. The measure would make it illegal to move monkeys, apes and other non-human primates across state lines in order to sell them.


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