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A Disturbing Dispute Over Laboratory Chimpanzees’ Retirement To Sanctuary At Chimp Haven

Erika Fleury October 26, 2016

At Chimp Haven in Louisiana, preparations continue to make it ready for over 300 chimpanzees who gradually are being released from federal biomedical laboratories, to begin their retired lives in sanctuary. But if the National Association for Biomedical Research had had its way, the chimpanzees would not be living out (or soon living out) their days in the 200 acres of Louisiana woodland. Instead they would have remained confined in the laboratories at places like the Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research in Bastrop, Texas, and the Southwest National Primate Research Center in San Antonio, Texas, where they were used, sometimes for decades, in research experiments.

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Camera Traps Catch Chimpanzee Moms Teaching Their Children

Erika Fleury October 20, 2016

A paper published in Scientific Reports last week documents — for the first time — that wild chimpanzee behavior meets the scientific criteria for teaching.

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Monkey Still Missing from Rotterdam, NY Home

Erika Fleury October 14, 2016

It’s been four long weeks for Leona Wilsey, but she hasn’t given up hope yet that Austin, a black-capped capuchin monkey, will return to her Rotterdam home safe and sound.

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Wilmore Rescue Center May Take on More Primates

Erika Fleury October 05, 2016

The Jessamine Journal reports that funding is limited for the Primate Rescue Center. However, with 600 lab chimps being nationally distributed to rescue centers, the PRC is willing to take on some of the 100 chimps who have not yet been distributed.

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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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