Iranian Monkey into Space

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Reportedly, the monkey returned safely from its flight into space. Of course, this was reported by the Iranian State media so who knows what is true. iran primates space program

Woof Wednesday: Monkey Around!

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Today’s photo is of Baby in her monkey jogging suit. Our dog enjoys wearing her clothes, in fact, she can hardly wait to put them on! Nice and warm for these cold winter mornings. What about your pet, do they like to wear clothing?

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Humans AND Monkeys Enjoy Television

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NatGeo WILD: Rebel Monkeys

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Rebel Monkeys ! But for a gang of monkeys making their home at the Galta Temple in the Indian city of Jaipur, it’s an easy life — lounge by the sacred pool, groom your friends and accept handouts from worshippers paying respect to the Hindu Monkey God Hanuman.

Monkeys Beat Cruel Trainer in China

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Thai Police Rescue Monkeys Bound for Restaurant

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Thai Highway Police in Sa Kaeo province have rescued 24 baby crab-eating monkeys, arresting a Thai driver and five undocumented Cambodians attempting to smuggle the endangered species to Cambodia, where they were destined for cooking pots in.Chinese specialty restaurants in Cambodia. Tags: cambodia bush meat china monkeys endangered species Just awful. Thank goodness these were rescued.

Monkey Rescued in India

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A monkey was rescued from a factory in India where it was being held in captivity. Poor monkey! It's an adult male macaque suffering from zoochosis. It's the first time I've ever heard the term. According to the article, "Zoochosis is a term used by animal rights activists in reference to the degrading effect of zoos on animals that have been kept in captivity over a long period of time.

Mexican Male Caught Smuggling Titi Monkeys

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Caught at the airport in Mexico City, he had 18 of these monkeys and two of them were dead.

Puerto Rico Ships Monkey to.Baghdad?

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Puerto Rico is using it as a dumping ground for "nuisance" monkeys. Puerto Rico is eager to rid itself of the estimated 2,000 patas and rhesus monkeys that have taken a toll on wildlife and agriculture in the Lajas Valley since escaping from nearby research centers 30 years ago. "We We will give them all the monkeys they want," said Sgt. Unlike rhesus monkeys, patas are not considered desirable for research, and there has been little demand for either from zoos — until now.

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. Tags: genetics animal experimentation animal research monkeys Oh yay.

Air Canada Criticized for Transporting Research Monkeys

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The arrival of 48 monkeys on a flight from China this weekend has brought Air Canada under fire for shipping primates destined for research laboratories, but the airline says it is obliged by federal law to accept monkeys as cargo. A Pearson International Airport employee tipped off the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection that a shipment of monkeys destined for Montreal was being held at the Toronto airport after arriving from China on Saturday. Awful.

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. Monkey business is big business in the United States, where some people pay up to $5,000 to adopt a monkey of their own, often a capuchin monkey, which can grow up to 22 inches and 9 pounds. 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.

Last Monkey Recaptured by Primate Center

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These are not subject monkeys, but they are part of the breeding colony. The last of nine monkeys that escaped from the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Hillsboro was found at 2 p.m. Nine Japanese macaque monkeys got loose Friday after their keeper left the cage unlocked and they figured out how to open the door. The last monkey was found on the primate center campus. Hillsboro police helped find the final monkey. I don't know how I feel about this.

Air Canada Feeling Pressure to Stop Shipping Lab Monkeys

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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. In our opinion, Air Canada is not legally obligated to accept monkeys as cargo," said the opinion written by Lawyers for Animal Welfare. I don't think it's likely that Air Canada is going to budge on this. Excerpted from the Montreal Gazette.

NASA Funds Radiation Experiments on Monkeys

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In Bergman's study, according to Discovery News, 18 to 28 squirrel monkeys would be subjected to radiation and periodically tested to gauge how exposure affects performance in a variety of learned tasks. Another animal experiment I would not support as a US taxpayer. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine are calling attention to it. The research project, led by Jack Bergman of McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate in Belmont, Mass.,

NASA May End Monkey Radiation Experiments

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Not sure yet, but it could happen per this action alert from Physicians for Responsible Medicine.

Benicio del Toro Writes Letter Opposing Monkey Breeding Facility in Puerto Rico

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Actor Benicio del Toro has written a letter to the governor of Puerto Rico opposing a new monkey breeding facility. The Puerto Rican actor has penned a letter to the governor of Puerto Rico urging him to halt the construction plans for Bioculture's massive monkey-breeding facility.

Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys

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Here is a New York Times story about a vegetarian restaurant in (of all places) France

Is Medical Research on Animals REALLY the Only Way?

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The article discusses how scientists are infecting monkeys with a surrogate HIV virus that does not even lead to AIDS, begging the question of why infect them in first place if there's no real simulation of what happens in humans? Tags: animal experimentation medical research monkeys I responded to a post on animalblog that cited a recent article in the journal "Proceedings" of the National Academy of Sciences.

Animal Testing Center to Open in Malaysia

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Disturbing picture of monkey being injected. Caution on this story.

Care2 Vote For America's Best Animal Shelter

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Go vote for Best Friends my little winged monkeys! Or not, but vote for someone so they can win $10,000.

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. From someone who actually worked in such research. I think the opening alone summarizes the dilemma. From the Cap Times.

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. In the letter, Anderson said dozens of monkeys are kept in "cramped, barren, and rusty cages for years on end," and appealed for the release of one monkey she said had been suffering at the research facility for nearly 20 years.

Dane County Debates Wisconsin Animal Research

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Twenty county board supervisors have sent a letter to UW-Madison's Chancellor Biddy Martin, asking her to get directly involved in the ethics of monkey experimentation. WISC-TV has learned that a public debate on the ethics of monkey research will be held on campus in March, keeping alive a touchy campus debate that's been brewing for years.

Ghoulish Primate Experiment in South Africa

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Johannesburg - A Bloemfontein man received a criminal record on Friday for a "backyard experiment" on a pregnant monkey, the NSPCA said. The NSPCA in November 2008 charged Jordaan for his "merciless treatment" of a heavily pregnant vervet monkey. She said the monkey's infant was removed by Caesarean section on October 31. This paralysed the monkey from the waist down and made her incontinent. Warning! This is just horrible and sick, sick, sick.

NASA Suspends Radiation Experiments

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For more than a year, we have worked to block NASA’s planned radiation experiments on live squirrel monkeys. NASA had planned to irradiate 30 live squirrel monkeys in a misguided attempt to learn the effects of deep-space radiation. Due to the basic anatomical, biological, and physiological differences between squirrel monkeys and humans, these experiments were destined to fail. Because of your hard work, these monkeys will not be irradiated or otherwise abused.

USDA Issues Warning Letter to Oregon National Primate Research Center

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The warning cited three errors in veterinary care, including a serious 2007 incident where a pregnant monkey died when a researcher failed to notice she was having a troubled labor. The two other incidents involved a sponge being left in a monkey after surgery and a surgery performed on the wrong monkey. PETA has filed complaints about this place for years, but it's the first warning they've actually generated.

Protest To Stop Pointless Radiation Experiments

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PETA organized protests to stop these stupid radiation experiments on spider monkeys. The purpose is to determine how astronauts would fare on the way to Mars. To Mars? We can't even get out of Afghanistan and we're going to Mars. Next year? Give me an effing break.

Mini-Pigs Identified by EU as Potential Lab Subjects

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A research project into the feasibility of using miniature pigs in laboratories concluded they are better suited for testing toxins, drugs and chemicals than dogs and monkeys. I guess their cuteness wore off too quick! From myfoxny.com. The mini-pig, darling of celebrities’ handbags, may have had its bacon Sunday after the EU earmarked it as the laboratory test animal of the future.

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. That's why he created rats and monkeys. God created monkeys, and some have to be tested.". This is pretty vile in my opinion. From the AP.

UC Davis Named in Criminal Complaint for Mistreatment of Lab Animals

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SAEN said UC Davis is responsible for the deaths of at least 14 monkeys over an 11-month period from June of 2008 to April of this year, and that the deaths violated federal law. The primate center at UC Davis has been cited several times after monkeys were killed in preventable lab mishaps. From the Los Angeles Chronicle.

Wildlife Rescued in Trinidad and Tobago

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Over 1,000 animals were rescued, including 500 bull finches and 300 picoplats, The rescued wildlife also included monkeys, parrots, macaws and other species from Venezuela. Three corrupt police officers in Trinidad and Tobago robbed a couple of Venezuelan wildlife smugglers and were subsequently arrested themselves. There was also over 400 lbs of "wild meat" (I don't want to know what that could be!).

Gobal Smuggling Ring Uncovered in Brazil

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Brazilian federal police arrested 72 people on Wednesday on suspicion of running an international smuggling ring that traded half a million wild animals, including jaguars and monkeys, each year. Thanks to animalblog.co.uk for this big story. Police said it was the biggest single operation in the past decade against rampant illegal wildlife traffic in the South American country. Brazil is one of the world's hotspots for animal smuggling because of its rich diversity of animals.

Ex NASA Employee Joins PETA Protest

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April Jean Evans was a NASA engineer, but resigned her position in protest over radiation experiments on monkeys. That takes a lot of courage and conviction. She's living with her brother now and falling into debt, but she is dedicated to working with PETA and other organizations to try to ban primates in experiments.

US a Hub for Eatin' Them Endangered Species

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Be warned there's a horrific picture of a cooked monkey head in this article.) And here I've been yelling at China all this time. (Be From Alternet.org. The United States is one of the world's largest, if not the largest, consuming nations for wildlife products. This includes wildlife used for food, whether for cultural reasons or luxury markets," says Leigh Henry, a senior policy officer for the World Wildlife Fund and the international wildlife-trade monitoring network TRAFFIC.

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. If the incident is insignificant, then why deny access? From the San Jose Mercury News. 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. The worker.

Animal Research Grants a Waste of Taxpayer Money

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The result: antiquated, unnecessary and ridiculous experiments like those identified recently by In Defense of Animals, including studies of cocaine-addicted quail, nipple preference in nursing infant monkeys, toy preference in young monkeys, and effect of high-fat diets on mice (it made them fat and sleepy). I like this letter which appeared in the Brandenton Herald (FL).

Tensions Mount over University of Florida Animal Research

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She's accusing him of being a "monkey mutilator" and plans protests with other animal-rights activists at the UF football game today and at the researcher's neighborhood in the coming weeks. Things are getting a little tense. Not sure I agree with posting the researcher's photo. Wonder if that could get activists into trouble under AETA (Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.) This is a long article from the Gainesville Sun.

Malaysia Approves Controversial Research Lab

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The lab, which is run by the Britain-based Alpha Biologics, uses monkeys, dogs, rodents and rabbits for toxicology testing. The investigation cleared the animal lab. From Straits Time. MALAYSIA will not shut down a controversial British-funded animal testing lab after investigations showed that the animals were not exposed to torture, a senior official said on Thursday.

British-Funded Lab Under Investigation in Malaysia

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Animal rights campaigners have accused the Progenix Research lab, which uses monkeys, dogs, rodents and rabbits for toxicology testing, of poisoning the animals to death. Malaysia, under pressure from animal rights activists, is going to investigate Progenix Labs. Malaysia is considering shutting down a controversial British-funded animal testing lab if there is evidence of cruelty there, the goverment's top veterinary official said on Sunday.