DawnWatch: NY Times on chimps –"Almost Human, and Sometimes Smarter." 4/17/07

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Apr 17, 2007 10:45 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times on chimps –“Almost Human, and Sometimes Smarter.” 4/17/07

The Tuesday, April 17, New York Times has an interesting article on the cover of the Science section (page F1), by John Noble Wilford, on the intelligence of chimps. It is headed “Almost Human, and Sometimes Smarter.”

It tells us that certain similarities between chimps and humans “go beyond expressive faces and opposable thumbs.”

It says:

“Chimps display a remarkable range of behavior and talent. They make and use simple tools, hunt in groups and engage in aggressive, violent acts. They are social creatures that appear to be capable of empathy, altruism, self-awareness, cooperation in problem solving and learning through example and experience. Chimps even outperform humans in some memory tasks.”

It discusses researchers having “found that chimps as social animals have had to constrain and alter their behavior in various ways, as have humans.” That phenomenon is compared to human morality. It notes that chimps use tools.

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SPEAK: Fighting to Free Felix

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

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From: info [at] speakcampaigns.org
Sent: Sunday, April 08, 2007 9:51 PM
Subject: [Global AR List] Fighting to Free Felix

Felix is a primate who is currently incarcerated inside Oxford University and will be used in a series of experiments into brain function. Felix was featured in the BBC2 documentary, ‘Monkeys, Rats and Me’, shown in November 2006.

Imagine being condemned to live your whole life behind bars in a cage that is barely big enough to hold you. Imagine, never being able to see beyond the bars into the natural world that is your birthright, never breathe fresh air, never interact and form relationships with your own kind. In this life, you will be ‘trained’ to do tricks for a reward, and will be punished if you fail; you will have electrodes implanted deep into your brain through your skull, you will experience years of abuse and then at the end of that abuse you will be put to death. This is the fate that awaits Felix.

There is now a Fighting for Felix Petition online.

Please go to: http://petitionthem.com/default.asp?sect=detail&pet=3793 and sign the petition.

Watch the Felix video: http://www.speakcampaigns.org/Felix/fighting_for_felix_video.php

For more information on Felix click on: http://www.speakcampaigns.org/Felix/felix.php

Wherever you live in the world you can play your part in helping us to Fight for Felix.

The SPEAK Fighting for Felix petition is just a part, but nonetheless an important part in our fight to get Felix released.

It’s important that we act NOW before it’s too late.

Please cross post widely and forward the petition details to family and friends.

Felix needs us all, let’s not let him down.

Thank you.
SPEAK Campaigns



ARA PSAs: Animals Do Science, Go Clubbing

Monday, February 12th, 2007

Before I head off to bed, one of my favorite animal rights PSA campaigns. Just because.

It’s from Humans for Animals, a group I’d never heard of prior to stumbling across these ads at Ads of the World (here and here). Surprisingly, the comments over at AotW are generally positive. That’s a good sign, right?

I’m out. Sweet dreams.

Humans for Animals (Monkeys)

Humans for Animals (Seal)



Kinship Circle: LETTER / Pardon Mowgli From A Life In Labs

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Feb 4, 2007 5:27 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Pardon Mowgli From A Life In Labs

(Please do not delete identity/disclaimer information)

“The best guess for the correlation of adverse reactions in man and animal toxicity data is somewhere between 5% and 25%.”
Animal Toxicity Studies: Their Relevance to Man, Lumley and Walker (eds) (Quay, 1989), 57-67

“Vivisection is dictated by convenience, not science… It may be a feat of engineering, but it has no place on the meaningful study of human disease and its treatment.”
Dr. David Johnson, MRCS, IRCP MF (Hons.) D. (Obst.), RCOG., ‘Animal-oriented medicine: The be-all or the end-all?” DLRM Newsletter, No. 11, 2004

2/4/07 — Pardon Mowgli From A Life In Labs


Justin Goodman, justin_goodman [at] sbcglobal.net
University of Connecticut Animal Rights Collective


Primate Violations End Project at UConn / Hartford Courant, Jan 12, 2007

UConn Halts Monkey Research Following Federal Inspection / Newsday Jan 12, 2007

Monkey Business Ends at UConn Health Center / UConn Daily Campus Jan 24



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PETA: Ask CareerBuilder to Sign Off on Chimpanzee Ads Forever

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Via People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals:

Ask CareerBuilder to Sign Off on Chimpanzee Ads Forever

In 2005, CareerBuilder, an employee-recruitment agency, began running a series of advertisements that featured chimpanzees dressed in suits and ties mimicking human behavior in an office setting. The ads ostensibly illustrate employees who are behaving like “monkeys.” Unfortunately, the behind-the-scenes reality for chimpanzees forced to perform in ads is a lifetime of misery. Removed from their mothers shortly after birth, they are beaten and traumatized and are left with lifelong emotional scars. When they grow too strong to be managed, usually around age 8, they are often discarded at seedy roadside zoos, where they are left to suffer in tiny cages for decades.

CareerBuilder and its ad agency, Cramer-Krasselt, ignored a groundswell of public opposition to the ads and even launched a new series of these disgusting commercials during the 2006 Super Bowl. Finally, just prior to Super Bowl 2007, CareerBuilder revealed that it is “retiring” its chimpanzee ads. The public announcement is yet another CareerBuilder ad—this one featuring a baby chimpanzee with the message “Watch our ads evolve.”

Please use the sample letter below—or write your own—to thank CareerBuilder and Cramer-Krasselt for finally dumping their chimpanzee ads; but let them know that you do not want to see them using these ads again or creating new ads using chimpanzees.



DawnWatch: Hit series Veronica Mars looks at primate testing rescue 1/23/07

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

UPDATE, 1/25/07:

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jan 25, 2007 5:24 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Veronica Mars monkey episode now on line — please post feedback 1/25/06

Tuesday night’s (January 23) wonderful episode of Veronica Mars is now up on line at http://video.cwtv.com/.

It is lots of fun and fantastically animal friendly. Enjoy!

The plot teaches viewers about the plight of animals in university research. And it looks like Veronica’s best friend is about to get involved with a charming animal rights activist. What a nice addition to the cast of characters!

If you missed yesterday’s DawnWatch write-up on the episode, which summarized the plot, it is on line at http://tinyurl.com/2zw8wk.

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DawnWatch: NY Times on chimps leaving entertainment abuse for sanctuary — 12/11/06

Monday, December 11th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Dec 11, 2006 8:03 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times on chimps leaving entertainment abuse for sanctuary — 12/11/06

The Monday, December 11, New York Times, includes an article headed, “Settlement Sends Chimps to Sanctuary” (P A20)

It tells us, “Two chimpanzees that appeared in numerous movies and television shows were removed from a ranch and will retire to a sanctuary to settle a lawsuit alleging animal cruelty, an animal rights group said Sunday….A third chimp will be shipped to Florida next week.”

We learn:

“The chimps have appeared in shows like “That 70s Show” and “The Craig Kilborn Show,” and in “Evan Almighty,” a movie to be released next year. They were raised from a young age by the trainer Sid Yost.

“The Animal Legal Defense Fund and other groups sued Mr. Yost last year in federal court, accusing him of beating them, using an electric shock stick on them and punching, taunting and intimidating them.”

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DawnWatch: Wall Street Journal on monkey fairness — 11/10/06

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Nov 10, 2006 5:20 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Wall Street Journal on monkey fairness — 11/10/06

The Friday, November 10, Wall Street Journal covers another one of those studies likely to make laugh those of us who live with animals — the astonishing discovery that other animals have emotions like ours. But what should make us smile with satisfaction and relief, rather than just laughing at the obvious, is that this kind of information is being reported in the Wall Street Journal. It is hard to miss the increasing attention that bastion of capitalism has been giving to animal issues. We can only hope the coverage affects societal attitudes towards animals, and, eventually, the way our species treats them.

Today’s report, by Sharon Begley, is headed, “Animals Seem to Have an Inherent Sense of Fairness and Justice.” (p B 01.)

It describes experiments in which monkeys in adjoining cages pulled in trays with cups of food.

We learn,

“When pulling the tray requires two monkeys’ efforts, but only one cup is filled, the lucky monkey often shares its spoils.”

And we read:

“Animals other than humans are not only sensitive to unfairness, but are driven to rectify it. Philosophers have long argued that this ability underlies much of our human morality.”

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IFAW: Wildfires Threaten Last Orangutans

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

NOTE: For more information on the current situation in Borneo, see also:

* Animal Rescue: Indonesian Forest Fires Threaten Wildlife (IFAW)

* Orangutans flee Indonesia forest fires

* Orangutans Dying and Injured in Indonesian Wildfires

* Indonesia Forest Fires, Attacks Kill 1,000 Orangutans

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From: ER Team, IFAW – fred [at] ifaw1.org
Date: Nov 9, 2006 2:39 PM
Subject: Wildfires Threaten Last Orangutans

Wildfires threaten last orangutans

I am writing to you from the dense forests along the Kapuas River in Central Kalimantan, where dozens of endangered orangutans have been driven from their dwindling jungle habitat in Borneo by months of land-clearing fires that have covered the region in a choking haze.

For the entire drive from Palangkaraya it felt as if we could have been on the moon; barren, dry and grey. Other than the city centers themselves there is no sight without burning or burnt jungle forest.

I’m here to work with the Bornean Orangutan Survival Foundation-Indonesia (BOS) to rescue 43 orangutans which have been taken for medical treatment to centers in the Indonesian provinces of Central and West Kalimantan.

Most were beaten by humans after fleeing from the burning jungle to nearby plantations, but several are being treated for respiratory problems and burns. Many of these orangutans had already been rescued and rehabilitated and sent back into the wild by BOS just months ago, only to have to be saved again from the burning palm oil plantations which spread into their forest.

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DawnWatch: Beautiful and important film about chimps this Sunday — 11/5/06

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Nov 3, 2006 2:14 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Beautiful and important film about chimps this Sunday — 11/5/06

This Sunday, at 8pm EST (check your local listings), the PBS series “Nature,” opens with a beautiful, unmissable film, “Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History.” Watch it with all of your friends and every member of your family.

If you go to http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/chimpanzees/video.html and click “Watch Video” you can see an eight minute film described as follows:

“Nature: Behind the scenes with Allison Argo

In this exclusive online video clip, award-winning filmmaker Allison Argo takes us behind the scenes of the film Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History. This clip features the filmmaker discussing her motivation and some of the challenges she faced while filming. Argo is the writer, director, producer and narrator of the film.”

The film about the film moved me to tears. I urge you to watch it.

This is what the website says about Sunday’s program:

“The history of chimps in our society is a history unlike any other. We have sent them into space, dressed them in costumes and demanded that they entertain us. Some have been adopted into human families until they “outgrew” their cuteness, many have been used to test our drugs or to help develop our vaccines, others have been infected with our most frightening diseases. While we are mesmerized by their likeness to our species and we have continually found uses for chimps, we never considered what they wanted or needed.

“But their side of the story is starting to emerge. And it can be heard at the sanctuaries where many retired chimps now reside. It can be read in their medical records, seen in their mutilated bodies, or sensed through their psychological afflictions. We’ve had a conflicted relationships with chimps in our society but there are some people who want to simplify it. CHIMPANZEES: AN UNNATURAL HISTORY will introduce you to the rescuers at sanctuaries like Fauna Foundation, Save the Chimps, Center for Great Apes. And they are determined to see that the traumatized residents they have saved from a life of confinement and suffering can finally be allowed to feel like chimps.”

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HSUS: From Research to Sanctuary, Chimpanzees Featured on NATURE

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Via the Humane Society of the United States:

From Research to Sanctuary, Chimpanzees Featured on NATURE

This Sunday, PBS will kick off the 25th anniversary of NATURE with Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History. This poignant documentary by award-winning filmmaker Allison Argon tells the heart-wrenching stories of chimpanzees rescued from research labs and retired to sanctuary life. Learn more about the documentary here.

This is critical public exposure for the chimpanzees in research. Chimpanzees are humans’ closest relative, yet they endure invasive and painful research. Approximately 1,300 chimps — some captured from the wild — remain in laboratories in the United States. And many have been in these labs for more than 40 years.

Please help make a difference for these thoughtful and complex creatures.

1. Tune into NATURE on Sunday, November 5 (check your local listings for exact times or visit PBS for additional airings).

2. Then tell the U.S. government to stop funding chimpanzee research and continue the moratorium on breeding chimpanzees for research.



IDA Writing Alert: OHSU to release data on monkeys

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Oct 18, 2006 7:39 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: OHSU to release data on monkeys

The Oregonian and other newspapers printed an article on OHSU’s agreement to release medical records for monkeys at the facility to IDA after a 5 year battle. Please take a moment to send a letter to the editor at letters [at] news.oregonian.com about vivisection.

Read “OHSU to release data on monkeys” online.

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DawnWatch: Two stories in the LA Times about primate research at UCLA — 9/6/06

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Sep 6, 2006 11:13 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Two stories in the LA Times about primate research at UCLA 9/6/06

Today and yesterday, articles appeared in the Los Angeles Times which highlighted the plight of animals at the UCLA laboratories. Yesterday’s article (Tuesday, September 5) by Joe Mozingo, is headed, “A Thin Line on Animal Rights; Dr. Jerry Vlasak stays carefully in the world of medicine while serving as a spokesman for extremists who threaten laboratory researchers.” (Pg B1)

Focusing on Vlasak, it shares some of his shocking comments, such as one made to the Observer in England, in 2004. Speaking of researchers who experiment on animals Vlasak said, “I don’t think you’d have to kill too many. I think for five lives, 10 lives, 15 human lives, we could save a million, 2 million, 10 million nonhuman lives.”

Since 5-15 scientists would not experiment on millions of animals, such a statement must refer to the terror effect — and feeds into the government’s labeling, and growing public opinion, of animal rights activists as terrorists.

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API: 2 Ways to Take Action to Protect Primates

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

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From: API Newsletters – donotreply [at] api4animals.org
Date: Jul 26, 2006 11:08 AM
Subject: 2 Ways to Take Action to Protect Primates

1. Raise Support for the Captive Primate Safety Act: Contact U.S. Representative Today

Great news! The Senate unanimously passed this legislation and now it’s time for the House of Representatives to act.

Legislation is currently making its way through Congress to address the problem of the primate pet trade in the United States. The Captive Primate Safety Act — H.R. 1329/S. 1509 — would bar the interstate movement of chimpanzees, macaques, capuchins, and other primates if they are to be kept as “pets.” Some states already prohibit private ownership of nonhuman primates as “pets,” but since these animals are often moved between states for the pet trade, federal legislation is needed to curb the interstate movement of these animals. Take Action Today!

Go to http://www.api4animals.org/actionalerts?p=138&more=1 for more information.

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PETA: Please Help Stop the Barbaric Importation of Primates

Thursday, July 20th, 2006


Please Help Stop the Barbaric Importation of Primates

The world’s primates urgently need your voice today. Every year, tens of thousands of nonhuman primates—many of whom are captured in the wild or purchased from filthy, crowded breeding facilities overseas–are imported into the United States for use in cruel experiments that are often deadly. Primates are confined to cramped crates and are loaded into the cargo holds of passenger airplanes, enduring flights that may cover thousands of miles and that may last 48 hours or more. Death during these flights is not uncommon. Each year, upon arrival at airports, animals are found to have died from hypothermia, dehydration, and diarrhea. […]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has banned the importation of primates as pets because of the significant public health risk that they pose and because of concern about the potential of a global epidemic. But the CDC has conveniently looked the other way at the very same risks associated with importing primates for use as “research tools.”

Please contact Dr. Julie Louise Gerberding, director of the CDC, today and ask her to extend the present ban on the importation of primates as pets to include primates who are intended to be used in experiments.

…and while you’re there, check out their (very extensive) Action Center!

DawnWatch: Jane Goodall interview in New York Times Magazine, Sunday, July 16

Monday, July 17th, 2006

If you’d like more information about Dr. Goodall or the Jane Goodall Institute, be sure to visit her/their webite at http://www.janegoodall.org/.

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jul 16, 2006 6:14 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Jane Goodall interview in New York Times Magazine, Sunday, July 16

The Sunday, July 16, New York Times Magazine includes an interview with Jane Goodall (pg 17).

Goodall discusses how she got involved in advocating for our fellow primates:

“I went to a conference in 1986. It brought together all the chimpanzee people working in Africa, and when I came out of the session on conservation, having seen the destruction of chimp habitats across Africa and the way they are treated in captive situations like labs and circus training, I knew that I could no longer sit in my beautiful forest. I had to come out and try and do something to help. From that day, I haven’t been more than three weeks in any one place.”

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DawnWatch: ABC affiliate airs shocking primate testing footage – please send thanks 6/29/06

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jun 30, 2006 2:20 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: ABC affiliate airs shocking primate testing footage — please send thanks 6/29/06

Last night, Thursday June 29, the Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV-TV aired a terrific report, by reporter Joe Ducey of “The Investigators,” on the fight to keep the notorious Covance testing laboratory out of the city of Chandler.

The anchors warn that some of the images are disturbing. The piece opens with an interviewee’s voice saying “If it doesn’t make you angry you are cold-hearted” as we see footage of monkeys struggling piteously, tied down on operating tables and, in one case, apparently encased in something that looks like a large test-tube.

The Investigators let us know that the government investigated the Covance Virginia facility and issued 16 citations including handling a primate in an abusive member.

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