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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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Animal Rights Group Urges Justin Bieber Not to Get Another Pet Monkey

Erika Fleury February 19, 2016

An animal rights group is not monkeying around with Justin Bieber’s plans to get another pet primate.

The North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (of which the Primate Rescue Center is a founding member) urged the Biebs — who famously abandoned his pet capuchin monkey at a German airport in 2013 after failing to produce proper paperwork — not to repeat his blunder after the singer said he wanted another simian sidekick “one day.” Click to read more of this article, which features consultant to the PRC Erika Fleury!

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The ‘Necessity’ Of Animal Research Does Not Mean It’s Ethical

Erika Fleury February 14, 2016

A few weeks ago, two prominent scientists, Hollis Cline and Mar Sanchez, wrote a brief piece in The Hill newspaper arguing that animal research is "necessary." Scientists have long been fond of claims of necessity. However, this claim is problematic for a number of reasons.

Read more in this Opinion piece by Samual Garner, a bioethicist living in Washington, DC and associate fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

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A Look at South Carolina’s Very Own Monkey Island

Erika Fleury February 10, 2016

The Charleston City Paper's Dustin Waters investigates what may be a local legend.

It's beginning to look like I'll never make it to Monkey Island. Sitting on a small stretch of dock at the Eddings Point Boat Landing in Beaufort, I'm spending a warm Sunday afternoon approaching boaters as they prepare to push off. It's a sleepy little spot, just a small parking lot and a short walking path that wrap around Jenkins Creek. During each encounter, I open with, "Excuse me, sir. Are you from around here?" before trying to hustle a ride to the nearby island populated with thousands of free-range Rhesus monkeys.

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Enhance aid for primates

Erika Fleury February 10, 2016

According to the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Monkey began Monday, ushering in a period symbolically linked to cleverness, curiosity and innovation. The coming 12 months also represent a period of urgency for coming to the aid of more than 100,000 monkeys held in U.S. biomedical laboratories. This Op-Ed from anthrolopogy professor Barbar J. King explains why.

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Innocent victims of the Year of the Monkey

Erika Fleury February 05, 2016

The rural village of Baowan, in China's Henan province, boasts a a centuries-long tradition of training monkeys. Macaques are trained to ride bicycles, walk on stilts and even catch knives as they balance on a board. Villagers are seeing an increase in business with the lunar calendar's 'Year of the Monkey.'

Below are disturbing pictures of terrified monkeys in a Chinese village, where they have been trained from sunrise to sunset to perform for tourists to make money.

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So You Want a Pet Squirrel Monkey…

Erika Fleury February 05, 2016

Squirrel monkeys must contend with habitat loss, decreasing genetic diversity, and the curse of being cute.

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Doing What Light Does

Erika Fleury January 19, 2016

An interview with Dr. Theodora Capaldo, Chief Executive Officer of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society, in which the PRC's very own April Truitt is highlighted!

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