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Memo to Adland: Enough With the Monkey Business

April Truitt February 06, 2011

Over the past few years, you may have noticed fewer and fewer commercials featuring apes - chimpanzees, in particular. That's a positive development, but the fact is there should be none.

Read more at Advertising Age

CT Schedules Exotic Animal Hearing

April Truitt February 04, 2011

February 16 will mark two years since Travis, the chimpanzee from North Stamford, CT attacked the friend of his owner and was killed by a police officer.

On the day before that tragic anniversary, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing on a list of wild and exotic animals to be banned in the state.

All interested persons are invited to express their views on the proposed regulations.

Date: February 15, 2011
Time: 6:00PM
Location: Dept. of Environmental Protection
Phoenix Auditorium
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106


North Carolina Monkey to be Euthanized

April Truitt February 03, 2011

A monkey that attacked three people in North Carolina will be euthanized, the state's veterinarian announced Tuesday.

The animal has bitten a total of three people, officials said, including Patricia Knight, who was freshening its water supply when the monkey bit her over the weekend. John Stacey, the animal's owner, has been charged with keeping a wild and dangerous animal and was given a $50 fine.


300 Animals Seized by Deputies & SPCA in Central Texas

April Truitt February 03, 2011

A pair of lions and tigers were among 300 domestic and exotic animals the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals helped seize this week from a Central Texas ranch.

Among the animals found were 39 horses, two mountain lions, two Bengal tigers, 230 dogs, 13 rodents, 18 cats, five birds, a deer, raccoon, lizard and one primate, who died in transit to the SPCA.

Two people who own the Coryell County property where the animals were seized have each been charged with a dozen counts of cruelty to animals, one of the charges a state felony count, officials said.

Read more at The Houston Chronicle

Monkey Attacks Woman While Owner Out of Town

April Truitt February 01, 2011

A North Carolina woman is recovering from bites on her hand after being attacked by a friend's monkey on Sunday.

Patricia Knight was sitting a black-capped capuchin monkey named Joe for a friend who went out of town when things got out of control around 3 p.m.

Knight said she opened Joe's cage to change his water bowl when he jumped on her head. Then as Knight tried to keep the pet from running outside the home, he attacked her, deputies said. Knight received medical treatment and is back home.


Air Canada Under Fire for Shipping Lab Monkeys

April Truitt February 01, 2011

The arrival of 48 monkeys on a flight from China this weekend has brought Air Canada under fire for shipping primates destined for research laboratories, but the airline says it is obliged by federal law to accept monkeys as cargo.

Air Canada is one of a small number of airlines that continues to transport these primates. Under pressure from animal rights groups and the public, many airlines have banned the practice. British Airways, for example, has a policy of “not carrying live animals that are for use in any laboratory, or for experimentation or exploitation,” according to media liaison manager Sophie Greenyer.

Read more at and

Panels for Primates: Comic Artists Create Unique Fundraiser

April Truitt January 31, 2011

The brainchild of Canadian comic artist Troy Wilson, Panels For Primates features the compiled work of an international team of comic creators in Mexico, Germany, Israel and the US. This innovative online anthology of primate-themed comics was conceived as a way to raise awareness  - and evolved into a fundraiser to benefit The Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, KY. View the latest in this treasure-trove of creativity at


The 50th Anniversary of Ham the Chimpanzee’s Space Flight

April Truitt January 31, 2011

Born and captured by trappers in Cameroon, Ham was one of 40 chimpanzees purchased by the Air Force and used to test flight equipment at Holloman Air Force Base. The Chosen One, Ham launched into space aboard the Mercury-Redstone rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, so engineers could test his vital signs. Upon his successful return, Ham spent 17 years living at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and a second zoo in North Carolina before his death in 1983.


186 Alamogordo Chimps Get Reprieve From Research

April Truitt January 05, 2011

2011 is off to a hopeful start for 186 chimpanzees at the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF), who have been granted a reprieve from transfer to a Texas laboratory for use in invasive research.

According to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) statement issued yesterday, the transfer will be delayed “pending an Institute of Medicine [the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences] in-depth analysis to reassess the scientific need for the continued use of chimpanzees.” The report is expected to take about two years.

Read more at NEAVS/Project R&R

Planet of the Apes . . . and Monkeys & Humans

April Truitt December 12, 2010

There are a lot of perks that come with being a primate. You get to be smart. You get to be social. You get to have opposable thumbs — which are very handy things to have. Most of all, you get to keep living even during hard times. If the history of humans indicates anything, it’s that we’re survivors, and a new study is showing just why we — and our primate kin — have been so much more resilient than other species and orders, and what this says about biodiversity in an environmentally stressed world.


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