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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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Cowboys Receiver Dez Bryant Says He Gave Away His Pet Monkey

Erika Fleury August 11, 2016

It was less than a year ago that news broke of Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant purchasing a pet capuchin monkey. The PRC's co-founder and Executive Director April Truitt told TMZ at the time "He will live to regret it." Now, it appears that Bryant has already given up his ill-considered "pet."

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Police Searching for Monkey that Bit Child in Virginia Beach

Erika Fleury August 04, 2016

Animal control officers say a monkey bit a child near 23rd Street and Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach on the night of August 3rd.

There is reason for concern, says Virginia Beach Animal Control, even though the young girl only suffered a minor injury to her hand. “We always look at rabies (and) herpes.... There’s a wide list of different viruses that monkeys are carriers for that they can transfer to humans.”

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Is It Cruel to Have a Monkey Helper?

Erika Fleury August 02, 2016

As service animals, capuchins change people’s lives—but they may suffer in the process.

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