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Another commonality between the two species , this one found by the Kyoto University Primate Research Institute. Tags: primate/human similarities animal research monkeys

Air Canada To Stop Shipping Lab Primates

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Today, more than 40 animal advocacy organizations across Canada praised Air Canada for its recent decision to stop shipping non-human primates into the country for use in research laboratories. Unfortunately, the CTA is requiring Air Canada to continue shipping primates to laboratories while it considers the issue. "We animal research airlines primarily primates animal laboratories air canadaExcellent news!

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Excellent Overview of Animal Testing Using Primates

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The controversy over primate research is not going away any time soon, due to the paradox of primate research -- the more similarities between monkeys and humans that are discovered, the more researchers will argue those similarities make it valid to use monkeys in research on human diseases. Primate advocates will continue to ask: How like us need they be before primate research is considered to be unethical? Tags: animal research primates

Captive Primate Safety Act Passes House

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The Captive Primate Safety Act was passed by the US House by a vote of 323 to 95. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) for sponsoring the measure that will prohibit the trade in non human primates. Tags: primates Mark Markarian, as usual, has an excellent roundup. Special shout out to Rep.

Southwest Primate Center "Celebrates" 10 Years

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Comuzzie, a nationally prominent obesity researcher and geneticist at Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, recently induced metabolic syndrome — risk factors associated with the human epidemic of diabetes and heart disease — by making the baboons' high-fat diet tastier and adding a sweet drink flavored with high-fructose corn syrup. Tags: primates medical research This place is celebrating its 10th year with ground-breaking research into what makes us all fat.

Humane Society Calls for Refuge for 9 Chimps

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This is the same place that was nailed by a Humane Society undercover investigation. The Humane Society wants 9 chimps that are not being "used" as part of experiments to be released to a sanctuary. Tags: chimpanzees animal research humane society chimp haven new iberia research center primates These chimps are currently at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s New Iberia Research Center.

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SRI Denies Access to the Humane Society

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A Menlo Park research facility Monday refused to allow a humane society representative to check up on a monkey that bit a female lab worker the day before. SRI International officials said the lab worker is OK and because their facility is under federal oversight, the Peninsula Humane Society doesn't have to be given access to its research animals. Tags: animal research humane society primates If the incident is insignificant, then why deny access?

ALF Activists Glue Locks of U Cal Primate Researcher

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From the website : Just after sunrise on Halloween, a sole trick or treater descended on the home of University of California-San Francisco primate vivisector Stephen Lisberger. We will increase our level of tactics as long as non-human primates and other animals are tortured to death at the hands of those driven by profit and as long as the University of California shows a complete disregard for the suffering of the non-human prisoners.

Cute Pictures from Mountain Gorilla Births in February

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Eerie how similar to humans they appear. virunga happy news primates mountain gorillas endangered speciesTwins born in February, a rare event! Here's the link to some cute pictures!

Harvard Medical School Facility Accused of Improper Research Reporting

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An Ohio-based animal rights organization has filed a complaint against Harvard Medical School, alleging that the school's New England Primate Research Center in Southborough did not properly report its experiments on animals. Two Harvard research projects allow primates to experience unrelieved pain - one subjects them to electric shock and one purposely stresses animals who have already been diagnosed with self-injurious behavior, according to the complaint to the U.S.

PETA to Run Billboards Against the University of Washington's Animal Research

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If you "humanize" the animal and grow attached, how can you conduct experiments on it? animal research University of Washington primates PETAI live in Seattle and, while I don't always agree with PETA, I hate the UW's animal research practices. I don't believe these animals get the quality of care they deserve for the suffering they undergo. You have to objectify them and they suffer for it. I'm glad PETA is drawing attention to this issue.

Air Canada Feeling Pressure to Stop Shipping Lab Monkeys

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According to a legal opinion solicited by the Humane Society International Canada, Air Canada can set and amend the terms of its tariffs. "In canada animal research primatesI don't think it's likely that Air Canada is going to budge on this. Excerpted from the Montreal Gazette. Animal-rights activists are urging Air Canada to stop shipping live monkeys and other animals destined for experimentation, saying the airline can change its tariff rules if it wants.

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Malaysian Firm to Establish New Animal Testing Facility

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But of course, the argument will be that the project is economic development, jobs and "for the good of humanity.". Tags: animal research pharmaceuticals primates medical research malaysia The stupid project is in partnership with a French pharmaceutical company. Fortunately, there are Malaysian activists opposing it.

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Write to Your Congressional Representatives to Help the Almagordo Chimps

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This is a matter of human compassion to prevent the further suffering of animals that have already served this species in prior experiments. Sincerely, Tags: chimpanzees animal research almagordo primates new mexico Here is the text we sent to Congressman Jim McDermott and Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray. It's based on the suggested text we saw on the web site for Physicians for Responsible Medicine.

Chimpanzees are NOT “Pets”

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Travis, like all other chimps, no matter how many amazing “human-like&# behaviors they exhibit, are still wild animals who do not belong to anybody else, and who will undoubtedly revert back to their instincts eventually.

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Stupid TLC Show Called "My Monkey Baby"

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It's a TLC show about humans that adopt monkeys and treat them as their children. There are hundreds of videos on the Internet of proud parents enjoying their monkeys, and an estimated 15,000 monkeys live with humans as pets or surrogate children in the United States. They are not humans and it's not psychologically healthy for them to be treated that way. The individual primate and the species that is depleted for this "trade."

NASA Suspends Radiation Experiments

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NASA has also 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.” Due to the basic anatomical, biological, and physiological differences between squirrel monkeys and humans, these experiments were destined to fail. animal research primates NASA

Pam Anderson Urges End to India's Animal Testing

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Former Baywatch star and model Pamela Anderson has accused one of India's most prestigious research centres of animal cruelty, urging it to retire decades-old test monkeys and adopt humane practices. India animal research pamela anderson primates PETAI don't always know how I personally feel about Pamela Anderson, but I can't argue with her (non-acting) work. Her letter to the Indian research facility is pretty distressing. Sounds like she watched a harsh video.

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Do Animals Laugh?

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Those patterns hint at the ancient origins of human hilarity and suggest that other social species - including apes, dogs and rats - really, truly laugh as well. Tags: animal behavior primates There are researchers out there who say that they do. I certainly think they can laugh and have fun. I've seen it. And the link below takes you to an article with the cutest orangutan baby enjoying himself. From Cosmiclog at MSNBC. How do you graph the evolution of a laugh?

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Puerto Rico Ships Monkey to.Baghdad?

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It's just reckless and insensitive to send these monkeys, who will be caged, helpless and completely dependent on humans to survive, to such a hazardous area.". Tags: zoos baghdad primates The Baghdad Zoo rakes in some more animals. Puerto Rico is using it as a dumping ground for "nuisance" monkeys.

On Different Results of Direct Action

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There is a profound difference between what Sea Shepherd does and what the Animal Liberation Front does, but there are also similarities, and those similarities increase in number if a direct action by the ALF (or anyone else) is an open rescue and therefore a direct defense of sentient nonhumans being attacked by humans. Here are some highlights: Mantle: "How do you respond to: Yeah, you may find something that benefits humans, but it's not worth it and it's not ethically right?"

ALF Activists Burn Company That Sells Animals for Research

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From the site: In the early morning hours of May 18th, four incendiary devices were planted at Scientific Resources International, a supplier of non-humyn primates for use in vivisection labs all over northern Nevada. Address: 432 Ridge Street, Reno, Nevada 89501 UNITED STATES Phone: 775-786-3244 Fax: 775-786-2767 Email: Scientific Resources International (SRI) specializes in naive purpose bred non human primates for research.

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Now We Have Glow-in-the-Dark Monkeys!

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Viral DNA was used to introduce a gene for a green fluorescent protein into monkeys, creating a new line of "glow-in-the-dark" transgenic primates for drug research work. You can argue that anything is good for humanity in the short run, until it gets into the wrong hands in the long run. Oh yay.

Lion Population Decreasing in Kenya

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I've been reading a lot about threatened elephants and primate populations in Africa and wondered about lions. The national lion population has been falling by an average of 100 per year for the last seven years due to a combination of factors, particularly human-wildlife conflict, destruction of habitats, climate change, disease and increase in human population. One rarely hears about how they are doing. But, unfortunately, they are in trouble too.

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European Union Screws Apes Used in Medical Research

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Here are the results of the EU flirtation with restricting research on primates. The Commission had also proposed scaling back experiments on the 12,000 primates used each year, so they could only be used if the survival of their species was at stake or during an unexpected outbreak of life-threatening disease in humans. They also called for a feasibility study before agreeing to a ban on capturing wild primates to use in laboratories.

Malaysian Official Says God Made Animals for Testing

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A Malaysian government official defended an Indian company's plans to build an animal testing medicine lab in his state, saying Monday that God created monkeys and rats for experiments to benefit humans. to set up a biotechnology center in southern Malacca state has come under fire by activists because it will conduct tests on dogs and primates to make medicines. God created animals for the benefits of human beings. This is pretty vile in my opinion. From the AP.

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Animal Research Grants a Waste of Taxpayer Money

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Each year, millions of cats, dogs, non-human primates and other animals suffer and die in research laboratories. World Week for Animals in Laboratories (April 17-24) exposes their plight and the broken federal research funding system that perpetuates outdated animal experiments at the expense of modern and more humane technologies. Animal research is not necessary to promote human health despite claims from vested interests.

From Today's Los Angeles Times

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It is estimated that due to conflicts with humans, the bushmeat and body parts trade, disease and habitat destruction, large mammals in Africa may be extinct by the end of this century. As an intelligent primate, I’d much rather be an ambassador for my species in a secure environment—served the best food and tended to by top-notch veterinarians—than take my chances in a national park where poverty and corruption result in little or no protection for the non-human residents.

USHS Alleges Animal Abuse at the University of Louisiana New Iberia Research Laboratory

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The Humane Society of the United States released the video scenes Wednesday, saying that’s only part of the documentation of what it claimed were 338 violations of federal law and policy at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s New Iberia Research Laboratory. It is the nation’s largest primate research lab that studies chimpanzees. Here is a link to the Humane Society. Actually, it's more then allegations. They have video.

When You Have to Make a Choice About Your Beliefs

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This is a link to a recent scandal at a primate center in Louisiana. I understand the realities of medical research, and I have recently audited companies in which non-human primate studies are a "cost of goods sold," but the lack of interest in pursuing an alternative and the coldness of her reasoning makes me sick to my stomach. These are core issues to me that are an integral part to who I am as a human being.

Animal Researchers Promote Sob Stories

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I don't believe they are working for human welfare. I posted on this blog about quitting because of the New Iberia scandal in Louisiana in which the Humane Society found primates being abused. I don't support animal research and I have no sympathy for animal researchers. I don't believe they want an honest dialogue about what they are doing to animals. I do believe they want prestige, tenure, royalties and patent rights. I believe they want to be gods in the laboratory.

Questionable Practices at the Calgary Zoo

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The zoo blamed human error for the deaths, saying it didn’t have the expertise to manage the fish and that a lack of dissolved oxygen led to the deaths. Zoo patrons were shocked to see Barika, a western lowland gorilla, holding a knife and apparently pointing it at another primate in the enclosure. Another animal dies at the Calgary Zoo and more questions are being raised about their practices.

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A Trip to an Animal Lab

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They did not experiment on primates (I asked!), It certainly doesn't fill me with confidence in these people's skills in compassion and humane care. Well, kind of. It wasn't a full-fledged tour, but disturbing nonetheless. I can't really talk about what I do except that I work in government. In a brief tour of a particular biotech research company, I was taken to the animal lab. but did experiment on mice and guinea pigs.

Why I Question Animal Testing 2.2

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From what I recall, chimpanzees share at least 95 percent of human DNA, although the number that floats around the most is 98.6 If chimpanzees have consciousness, if they are capable of abstractions, do they not have what until now has been described as "human rights"? I recently was escorted through a large primate research laboratory by its director. For all we know, occasional viable crosses between humans and chimpanzees are possible.*

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Two Examples of Mice Experiments - Valid or Not?

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Plus, are mice comparable to kids (although I would prefer mice subjects to primates who are so much more sensitive)? However, it involved exposing rats to chemicals at levels that humans are usually not exposed to. I came across these stories about two different medical experiments using mice. In this experiment, scientists tested whether lighting can cause depression. They used different lighting situations to see how they affect mice moods. One of the conclusions?

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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This woman said that those scenes didn't really bother her that much, it was the ghost and sexual implications in the story that disturbed her (latter relating to the human characters of course.) I went to someone's house and found out that a friend of theirs works for the University of Washington Primate Center, a horrific place with a TERRIBLE reputation for treatment of animal subjects. So, I belong to this book group of 5 to 7 women.

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From Today's New York Times

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9): Gail Collins writes: “Human-ape conversation was a very hot topic back in the late 1960s, when researchers first taught a chimpanzee named Washoe to use sign language. In fact, the Language Research Center at Georgia State University has engaged in continuous social, cognitive and biobehavioral research on primates, including language training and research, since 1981. They're not like dogs and cats, which evolved with humans.