The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Chimpanzee Breeder, Connie Casey

here's her new site
She is now calling herself Missouri Chimpanzees Sanctuary. That's worse then a foundation! What a lie!!!!!
I don't understand why Judie never posted this article because the way I look at this is that this woman Connie Casey is the cause of all of the issues we have with pet chimps, chimps in the entertainment business, and lab chimps. This woman is the largest breeder in the United States for Chimpanzees. If she didn't steal these mother's chimp babies and sell them for her own wealth then this blog wouldn't even be necessary, neither would all of the Ape Animal Rights people need to do what they are doing in order to help them. Just think about all of the money that the good sanctuaries have to beg for each year in order to take care of the chimps that once came from Connie Casey. I don't see her putting out any donations to help care for the chimps that she stole off of the mothers and sold for big bucks! I know Judie had said in one of her articles that she paid $45,000.00 for each of her chimps and that was years ago. I'm sure the price has gone up. Who is going to take care of the many many chimps that she has that she breeds, and trades when she dies? Another sanctuary? Do you think she will leave enough money to one of the sanctuaries to take them all in and care for all of the chimps she's had caged all of their lives? I highly doubt that! Some organizations, such as PETA would say to just euthanize them rather then to put them somewhere else.
I will find out the next time I'm in contact with Judie why she never made the public aware of this article, but for now, I think it needs the proper attention it deserves. I think the reason why the baby chimpanzees have to hold onto a blanket is because if they were with their moms that would be a natural thing for them to do, hang onto mom. Since they don't have mom because they were taken off of her, they have to have some sort of security, which is the blankets. That's really a shame that they have to substitute the love, the warmth, the heart beat, and the caring ways that their mother would normally give to them for a object such as a blanket. The babies, from all I have read hang onto their mothers 100% of the time when they are infants, I would suppose the lack of this connection between the baby and the mother is devastating to the baby Chimpanzee. This really should be against the law in my opinion. What kind of heart lies in a person that can take these babies off of their mothers? I have to wonder about that.

Glass enclosures under the house? That's what this article says. That would mean, that they live in the basement, with no sunshine, no view of the outside world and no fresh air. So what do they have to look at, each other, I suppose. I thought they were intelligent animals, and if so, how hard would it be on them to not have the above amenities, I wonder.

An INSIDE EDITION hidden camera investigation
takes a closer look at the business of breeding and selling chimps.

Connie Casey breeds and sells chimpanzees at her
compound in St. Louis.

The compound contains a majority of adult chimpanzees
who spend most of their time inside glass enclosures like this one.

The compound also houses a nursery for baby chimps
like 3-month-old Christie, seen here in her crib.

Renowned chimp expert Dr. Linda Brent, who founded
a sanctuary for chimps called Chimp Haven, spoke to

Chimp Haven provides a natural environment for chimps

discarded by families who can no longer take care of them.


For a fee, Connie Casey, who owns a company called Chimparty, will show up at your party with a baby chimp. She's also in the business of breeding and selling chimpanzees as pets. 14 years ago, she bred and sold Travis, the now-infamous chimp that mauled a woman in Connecticut in February.

To document the business of how chimps are bred and sold, in March 2009 INSIDE EDITION set up a house in St. Louis with hidden cameras. The main attraction at the party is a baby chimp named Michaela. The 9-month-old, wearing a diaper and baby outfit, has been hired to entertain the guests. Feeding from a bottle, clinging to a blanket and surrounded by strangers, she nervously rocks back and forth.

INSIDE EDITION’s Paul Boyd took Casey aside to ask if she still sells baby chimps, which is legal in Missouri. She says the price a baby chimp could garner is approximately $65,000. “65,000 because they're an endangered species, that's just the cost of a baby,” she says.

Casey also cautioned that owning a chimp is a major commitment. “They're wonderful and they're amazing when they're little. Everyone thinks they want one. They get big and they get strong. It's a lot more work than most people can ever imagine.”

Then she invited INSIDE EDITION’s Boyd, who she still thinks is a prospective buyer, to tour her compound of 26 chimps and a menagerie of other animals outside St. Louis.

She boasts that some of her chimps are TV and movie stars. One of her chimps appeared on Hulk Hogan's reality show, Hogan Knows Best. Another was featured in last summer’s feature film Speed Racer.

Most of Casey’s chimps are adults and spend the majority of their time in glass enclosures under her home.

The baby chimps have their own nursery. Little Michaela, the chimp that attended the INSIDE EDITION party, is housed here. In addition to her, a 3-month-old named Christie also lives in the nursery. She sleeps in a crib and uses a baby swing.

Connie Casey was open to the idea of selling us a baby chimp, but wasn't ready to do a deal that day.

INSIDE EDITION showed some of the video of the babies to a renowned chimp expert, Dr. Linda Brent, who is against owning chimpanzees as pets. She's the founder of Chimp Haven, a sanctuary in Louisiana that offers a natural environment for chimps discarded by families that can no longer take care of them.

“You get a chimpanzee and you don't know what you're getting into, or you would never do it,” she says.

Dr. Brent says when baby chimps like Michaela and Christie are taken from their mothers to be sold or used for entertainment, it can cause them a lifetime of psychological damage. Watching some of the footage of Michaela rocking in her baby swing, Dr. Brent says, “It's very telling if you see a chimpanzee and it's rocking when it's nervous, that means that it was raised in an environment without the close bond that it needs to its mother.”

Also in the video, both babies can be seen constantly clutching their blankets.

“When you take the baby off the mom, if it doesn't have anything to cling to, it's clutching itself, it's hugging onto itself because it has that need to hold something and that's very sad to see,” concludes Dr. Brent.

It was then that INSIDE EDITION’s Paul Boyd called Connie Casey to reveal he was really a reporter. When asked if she would sit down and speak on camera about her chimp business, Casey declined.

Experts like Dr. Brent say as long as there is a market to buy and sell chimpanzees, the brutal attack like the one in Connecticut could happen again. “Being a pet and being raised with humans, they're really set up for failure, I hate to say."

Some states already prohibit private ownership of chimpanzees and monkeys but there is now a bill pending in Congress that would ban interstate and foreign commerce in primates for the pet trade.


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