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Monkey Pet Trade Is ‘Tragic And Out Of Control’

Erika Fleury April 20, 2016

Urgent welfare reforms are required to ensure the physical and psychological needs of primates are met, according to activists. A petition calling for new laws providing better standards of care for monkeys kept as pets in the UK has been handed to Downing Street.

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What I Learned From Tickling Apes

Erika Fleury April 09, 2016

Famed primatologist Frans de Waal shares his thoughts on primate behavior and the utility - and not avoidance of - anthropomorphism.

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Free Candy: Louisiana Chimpanzee is Center of Landmark Lawsuit

Erika Fleury April 04, 2016

Locally famous chimp is the focal point of first federal lawsuit filed using new rules to place captive chimpanzees under protection of Endangered Species Act

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Abandoned Toothless Monkey Gets A Cozy New Home — And A Girlfriend

Erika Fleury March 10, 2016

The Dodo wrote about the Primate Rescue Center's Leap Day weekend rescue of Mongo, a capuchin monkey abandoned on a highway. 

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No More Monkey Business: Why Primates Should Never Be Pets

Erika Fleury February 28, 2016

About 4,500 primates are in private hands in the UK – many of them suffering poor conditions. Is it time for a ban?

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NIH Vowed to Move its Research Chimps from Labs, But Only 7 Got Safe Haven in 2015

Erika Fleury February 26, 2016

Nearly three years after the National Institutes of Health announced that hundreds of chimpanzees held for invasive medical experiments would be retired to a sanctuary, relatively few have been so lucky. Only seven made the trip in all of 2015.

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Ring-Tailed Lemur Found In Turlock, Most Likely Part Of The Illegal Pet Trade

Erika Fleury February 26, 2016

A male ring-tailed lemur found in a Turlock, California backyard is now on display at the Sacramento Zoo. Zookeepers think the primate was kept as a pet illegally. They say he doesn't appear to know how to socialize with other lemurs.

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Monkey Service Animal Bill Being Reconsidered

Erika Fleury February 23, 2016

After getting advice from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, a Louisiana lawmaker says he is considering dropping his proposal to allow monkeys to be used as service animals for people with disabilities.

“The intentions of people who are in favor of using monkeys as assistance animals are honorable, but misguided,” April Truitt, co-founder and executive director of the Primate Rescue Center said. “Wild animals are never suitable as companion animals. Having a wild animal in your home present a significant public health and safety risk, not only for the quadriplegic, but for the animal and the public at large.”

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Chimps are Cute. They’re Funny. And Viral Videos Can Harm Them.

Erika Fleury February 23, 2016

Entertaining videos of chimpanzees and other primates raise questions about welfare, may drive a cruel pet-trade and can endanger conservation efforts.

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NIH to Review its Policies on All Nonhuman Primate Research

Erika Fleury February 22, 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is about to take a closer look at the use of nonhuman primates in all federally funded U.S. research labs. In response to a congressional mandate, the agency will convene a workshop this summer to review the ethical policies and procedures surrounding work on monkeys, baboons, and related animals. The move follows NIH’s decision to end controversial monkey experiments at one of its labs and the termination of its support for invasive research on chimpanzees.

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