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In Argentina, Freedom Still Distant for Sandra the Orangutan

Erika Fleury September 29, 2016

Sandra's release seemed imminent after an Argentine court said in 2014 that she was entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by humans in a landmark ruling. It seemed even nearer when the 140-year-old zoo where Sandra has lived for most of her life closed its doors this year and officials announced that hundreds of its animals would be set free as it transformed into a park. But she remains in a concrete cell in Buenos Aires.

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New Data Shows ‘Staggering’ Extent of Great Ape Trade

Erika Fleury September 29, 2016

A new database suggests say there has been a dramatic under-reporting of the live, illegal trade in great apes. Around 1,800 orangutans, chimpanzees and gorillas were seized in 23 different countries since 2005, the figures show.

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Monkey on the Loose in Nogales, Arizona

Erika Fleury September 28, 2016

Yet another "pet" monkey has escaped its owner, this time running loose in Arizona.

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30 Year Wait Over As International Community Rallies To Protect Monkey Species

Erika Fleury September 27, 2016

For the first time in 30 years, increasing the protection for a monkey species will finally be discussed by the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). That species is the Barbary macaque - the species of two of the PRC's residents, Shatar and Saidah!

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Jessamine County Animal Rescue Prepares for Influx of Lab Chimps

Erika Fleury September 26, 2016

The Primate Rescue Center was featured in a story by WKYT about the mass retirement of chimpanzees from laboratory research. As Eileen Dunnington, Assistant Director explained, "We hope that the laboratories, universities and the pharmaceutical companies that have profited from the use of these chimpanzees in their research will be held accountable and will provide the funding that these animals deserve."

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Workshop on Ethics of Monkey Research Earns Cheers and Boos

Erika Fleury September 08, 2016

Depending on whom you ask, September 7th’s U.S. government workshop on the state of nonhuman primate research was either a raging success or a complete fiasco. The event, held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, brought together dozens of scientists, veterinarians, and bioethicists to discuss how research on monkeys and related animals is contributing to human medicine and to review the welfare policies that surround this work. But observers differed widely on whether it accomplished what Congress had in mind when it told NIH to hold the event.

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Georgia Wildlife Officials Searching for Primate Reported Loose in Albany Area

Erika Fleury August 19, 2016

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is urging caution after reports on August 19th that a small primate, possibly a Rhesus macaque, has been spotted on the loose near Albany, GA.

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Baby Monkey Breeder Ripped Off in Houston by Counterfeit Cash

Erika Fleury August 18, 2016

Tracie Perry travels around the United States selling people monkeys. She's a U.S. Department of Agriculture-licensed monkey breeder, broker and transporter, and sometimes might travel from the tip of California through Texas and to South Florida in one giant monkey drop-off trip.

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Monkey Gets Loose in Ohio Walmart Parking Lot

Erika Fleury August 15, 2016

An odd confrontation in a Walmart parking lot is going viral. An employee of the Lancaster Walmart came face to face with a monkey, and it was all caught on camera.

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Beloved Blue Rocks Cowboy Monkey Rodeo Riles PETA

Erika Fleury August 12, 2016

Monkey see, monkey do, monkey cause PR nightmare.

The Cowboy Monkey Rodeo, a Wilmington Blue Rocks tradition in which a chaps-wearing capuchin monkey straddles a border collie and herds sheep for laughs, could be driven out of town soon.

Read more to learn how animal advocates, including the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (of which the PRC is a founding member,) have mounted nationwide protests against the event, blasting rodeo operator Tim "Wild Thang" Lepard for a history of U.S. Department of Agriculture violations related to his treatment of the primates.

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