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MessageSujet: primates   Lun 3 Jan - 9:27

November 11, 2010

Senate: Pass The Captive Primate Safety Act

The Centers for Disease Control already restricts the importation of nonhuman primates into the U.S. that will be sold as pets. But amazingly, there is no corresponding Federal law that would prohibit the sale and transport of chimpanzees, macaques, and other primates. There are huge safety risks with keeping these animals as household pets, from the possible spread of disease to the potential harm they could inflict on their owners.
The Captive Primate Safety Act has already passed the House but has stalled in the Senate. Help send a message to your Senators, urging them to make this new law a reality and to help protect both the animals and their potential owners.

Urge the Senate to Pass the Captive Primate Safety Act!

Primates should not be kept as pets. Tell your Senators to keep nonhuman primates safe!

Goal: 30,000 • Progress: 13,597Sponsored by: ASPCA

If passed, the Captive Primate Safety Act would prevent people from buying and selling nonhuman primates as household pets. The Captive Primate Safety Act passed the House of Representatives, but has stalled in the Senate.

Nonhuman primates typically do not make good pets because they often become aggressive as they grow older and stronger. Biting and scratching are normal behaviors for these animals, and their large teeth can inflict serious injury. Furthermore, primates often receive improper care in captivity. They require specific diets, large open spaces and other nonhuman primates for their social health.

Primates should not be kept as pets. Tell your Senators to keep nonhuman primates safe!


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As a concerned constituent, I am writing to urge you to support and cosponsor S. 462, the Captive Primate Safety Act. This important legislation would bar the interstate movement of nonhuman primates for the pet trade, including chimpanzees, macaques, capuchins, monkeys and other primates. The Centers for Disease Control already restricts importation of primates as pets into the U.S., but there is no corresponding federal regulation prohibiting interstate movement of these animals.

Nonhuman primates pose a number of dangers to the public. First, they carry viruses and diseases that can be transmitted to humans, including Ebola virus, Herpes B virus, monkeypox, simian immunodeficiency virus, tuberculosis and yellow fever. Animals who present such a risk should not be kept in private homes with direct access to members of the public.

Second, primates typically do not make good pets because they often become aggressive as they grow older and stronger. As infants, they may appear cooperative and easy to handle, but as they grow, they can easily overpower humans and may lash out without warning when frightened or frustrated. Biting and scratching are normal behaviors for these animals, and their large teeth can inflict serious injury.

In addition to the dangers nonhuman primates pose to the public, they often do not receive proper care when they are kept as pets. Captive primates require specific diets, companionship of other nonhuman primates, and large enclosures that allow for climbing and swinging. Unfortunately, most pet owners do not meet these needs, and as a result, captive primates often live in inadequate conditions.

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MessageSujet: Re: primates   Lun 3 Jan - 9:28

December 21, 2010

CareerBuilder Exploiting Chimpanzees!

What's the harm in airing a CareerBuilder ad that shows a few chimpanzees performing silly tricks?

A 2008 studyrevealed that advertisements using chimpanzees mislead the public into believing that members of this endangered species are not in any real jeopardy. Even worse, chimpanzees in the entertainment industry are taken from their mothers at an early age, physically abused, and forced to perform on cue. Once the animals are too old to safely handle, many of them are dumped at seedy roadside zoos or warehoused on training compounds in horrifying conditions.

With all the abuse and exploitation that apes face in the entertainment industry, CareerBuilder needs to follow the example of other companies that have made the compassionate choice to drop ads featuring chimpanzees.

Please speak up for chimps today by urging CareerBuilder not to air its new commercial!


Debbie Leahy
Captive Animal Rescue and Enforcement
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Tell CareerBuilder to Stop Exploiting Chimpanzees!

PETA recently learned that CareerBuilder has plans to run a new commercial featuring chimpanzees during the 2011 Super Bowl, despite hearing from thousands of concerned consumers after the company aired ad campaigns in 2005 and 2006 that portrayed chimpanzees as misbehaving office workers. PETA was shocked to learn that CareerBuilder will release a new ad exploiting chimpanzees, especially since a 2008 study published in the journal Science revealed that using this endangered species for advertising seriously hinders conservation efforts by misleading the public into believing that the animals are not in jeopardy.

Chimpanzees used in the entertainment and advertising industries are typically very young animals who are prematurely removed from their mothers—often just days or weeks after birth. Trainers use physical abuse in order to ensure that chimpanzees know "who's boss" and to force the animals to perform confusing, unnatural behaviors on cue. By the time chimpanzees reach approximately 8 years of age, they are too strong to be safely handled and are often discarded at unaccredited roadside zoos or otherwise warehoused in appalling conditions. PETA investigations have revealed that former "celebrity" apes were living in small cages littered with garbage and feces and were denied basic necessities, such as wholesome food and adequate veterinary care.

Since the original CareerBuilder ads featuring chimpanzees aired in 2005, the public has become significantly less tolerant of the use of chimpanzees in advertising. Ten of the top 15 advertising agencies in the U.S.—including BBDO, Y&R, McCann Erickson, Grey, Ogilvy & Mather, and JWT—now have policies in place that prohibit the use of chimpanzees in their ads. Earlier this year, Dodge, Pfizer, Heartland Payment Systems, and Europcar all pulled or modified ads that featured apes after learning about the ethical problems associated with exploiting these highly intelligent and sensitive animals.

Using the form below, please send a quick, polite note to CareerBuilder and urge the company to follow the lead of other companies by agreeing not to air its new commercial featuring chimpanzees.
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MessageSujet: Re: primates   Lun 3 Jan - 9:29

December 31, 2010

Our efforts have paid off for the chimpanzees at Alamogordo!
Dear Mr. Che,
As you know, we’ve been fighting hard to stop the U.S. Government from transferring 186 chimpanzees from Alamogordo, NM, to a Texas facility where they would be used in experimentation again. Last night, we received some very good news. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson received a call from the National Institutes of Health letting him know that, for now at least, the chimpanzees will not be moved. NIH will not push for the chimpanzees to be transferred until it can complete a lengthy review, and that process is expected to take about two years. This extends our window of time to find a way to keep the chimpanzees permanently out of the laboratory. Read the late-breaking story here.
Through PCRM’s campaign, several of the chimpanzees in Alamogordo have become familiar faces. Flo, a 53 year old and one of the elders, has captured the hearts of everyone who visits her in her Alamogordo home, and her story of a life spent in a cage and being used for unthinkable experiments has motivated people all over the country to support this important effort. Now Flo and the other chimpanzees who reside in New Mexico have a chance to stay there and live out their lives in a protected, caring environment.
You have helped us get this far. Can we count on you to continue to fight with us to save these chimpanzees by making a donation to help?In the past year, PCRM has helped lead the crusade to save these chimpanzees—our experts have provided the NIH with testimony and research, we have organized widespread media events to bring attention to this injustice, and we brought Gov. Richardson to Washington, D.C., so that together we could challenge decision-makers together on Capitol Hill. But perhaps the most influential part of our campaign so far is the thousands and thousands of e-mails, phone calls, and letters that have come from members like you.
Please make a donation to helpwhile we have this victory momentum in our favor. We now have more time to work on protecting these and all chimpanzees and PCRM’s work on behalf of chimpanzees has favorable implications for all other animals down the road. Together we will continue to work towards a more compassionate future.

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MessageSujet: Re: primates   Mar 4 Jan - 9:15

December the 1st, 2010

Gov. Bill Richardson Petitions USDA to Halt Transfer of New Mexico Chimpanzees

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson recently asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to halt the transfer of 186 chimpanzees to a laboratory where they will be used in painful experiments.

Gov. Bill Richardson with PCRM staff at the Hall of States after submitting his complaint to the USDA on behalf of the Alamogordo chimpanzees. From left to right: PCRM research program coordinator Noelle Callahan, Gov. Richardson, PCRM director of research policy Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., PCRM director of public and government affairs Elizabeth Kucinich. At a briefing in Washington last month, the governor joined representatives from PCRM in requesting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) use its authority to stop the transfer of retired chimpanzees living at a nonresearch facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico, to a laboratory in Texas.

In his written petition, Gov. Richardson stated that the transfer of the ill, aging chimpanzees, including 53-year-old Flo, 51-year-old Guy, and 44-year-old Owen, “will violate USDA regulations regarding the care in transit of nonhuman primates because this population of animals is obviously ill and would likely experience distress, injury, or even death in the course of transport.”

The event received extensive TV, print, and Internet coverage, including a feature on CNN. Watch and share:

The chimpanzees have not been used in experiments for about a decade and many suffer from chronic conditions related to old age and past use in experiments, including severe heart disease, liver disease, viral infections, and diabetes. Flo, Owen, Rudy, and Guy, for example, all suffer from chronic heart ailments, putting them at risk for cardiac adverse events including sudden cardiac death.

Medical and veterinary experts with PCRM have analyzed thousands of pages of records that detail the medical histories of some of the Alamogordo chimpanzees. These documents offer disturbing insight into how these animals were treated while being used for experiments. Flo, for example, has been chemically immobilized at least 115 times.

“The chimpanzees in Alamogordo are still reeling from the impact of decades of invasive experiments,” says John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C., senior medical and research adviser for PCRM. “There is no justification for subjecting them to the hazards of transportation and more experimentation at this stage of their lives—they simply don’t have the strength to make it through.”

Gov. Richardson is asking the USDA to issue a cease and desist order to prevent the transport of these ill and at-risk primates. The USDA has in the past issued orders to stop imminent violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

To watch a video report on the history and possible future of the Alamogordo chimpanzees and to ask the federal government to halt their transfer, visit
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MessageSujet: Re: primates   Mar 4 Jan - 12:54

December 12, 2010

Pet Chimps and Monkeys Banned in Illinois
posted by Jake Richardson Jan 3, 2011 1:02 pm
filed under: Nature & Wildlife, On The Go, Pets & Animals, chimps, gorillas, monkeys, orangutans

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Care2 is the largest and most trusted information and action site for people who care to make a difference in their lives and the send We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.53 comments Effective at the beginning of 2011, a ban has been placed in Illinois on owning chimps, monkeys, gorillas and orangutans. Primate owners there who purchased before the law went into effect can keep their pets, but no new ones can be purchased legally. Monkeys used for therapy or helping disabled people are exempt from the new law. “As cute and cuddly as monkeys can be people should not have them as pets,” said state Sen. Don Harmon of Oak Park. (Source:

What the legislator was referring to are attacks made by monkeys on their owners. It doesn’t happen often, but the damage can be severe. Also monkeys can spread diseases such as herpes B, salmonella, tuberculosis, and monkey pox. (Source: Twenty other states also have such a ban in place.

Some people say that pet monkeys help with health issues. For example, a woman who suffers from an anxiety problem says with a small monkey around her constantly, her blood pressure is lower, and she has fewer panic attacks. The monkey recognizes them starting before she does. (Source: New York Times)

Capuchin monkeys are often used with quadriplegics to help them get a beverage, or any other item they can’t reach for themselves. The first capuchin helper monkey was trained and place with a paralyzed person in 1979. Monkey Helpers still trains monkeys to help people with health problems that require assistance. You can watch a video about their Monkey College.

Even service monkeys, however, can and do bite their owners once in a while. In March a man was bitten by his monkey after he accidentally stepped on its tail. Perhaps the most well known primate incident in the last several years was the attack on a woman by an adult chimp that disfigured her face and nearly killed her.

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MessageSujet: Re: primates   Jeu 6 Jan - 15:52

JANUARY 4, 2011

Victory! NASA Forced to Suspend Cruel Monkey Experiments

For more than a year, PCRM has worked to block NASA’s planned radiation experiments on live squirrel monkeys. With your help, the experiments have been canceled.

In 2009, NASA announced a $1.75 million grant to Dr. Jack Bergman of McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., to study the effects of deep-space radiation on human astronauts by dosing squirrel monkeys with heavy-ion radiation. The experiments would have been conducted at Brookhaven National Laboratory, a Department of Energy facility.

But NASA recently announced its intention to “undertake a comprehensive review of the agency’s current research and technology development plans to see how they align with the president’s plan for human spaceflight,” the findings of which “will inform [its] decision making moving forward.”

These experiments would not have yielded useful data because of the basic anatomical, biological, and physiological differences between squirrel monkeys and humans. PCRM has led the criticism of these experiments.

Here’s a timeline of highlights leading up to last month’s victory:

November 2009: In a federal petition, PCRM asks NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. to halt the planned experiments because they violate the NASA Principles for the Ethical Care and Use of Animals.
February 2010:
PCRM submits a legal petition urging NASA's Office of the Inspector General to halt the experiments.
Political satirist Bill Maher writes NASA asking it not to spend $1.75 million to blast live squirrel monkeys with dangerous levels of radiation.
June 2010:
“Belmont, we have a problem: Don’t nuke the monkeys”: PCRM billboards and train station ads bearing that message alert commuters in Belmont, Mass., to controversial radiation experiments taking place at McLean Hospital.
PCRM leads a peaceful demonstration in front of McLean. The hospital is presented with pledges from primate sanctuaries willing to provide homes for the monkeys.
July 2010: April Evans, an engineer for NASA’s International Space Station, makes public her decision to leave NASA because of the agency’s refusal to address her concerns about its misguided plan to irradiate squirrel monkeys.
October 2010: Newly released documents indicate that that Brookhaven National Laboratory’s director and the Department of Energy have made a decision regarding the experiments.
December 2010: NASA and Brookhaven National Laboratory announce the cancellation of the experiments.
Because of your hard work, these monkeys will not be irradiated. And we have sent a powerful message to all federal agencies that ethical research is the best way to move science forward.

To read more about the history of this campaign, visit
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