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!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Pepper The Chimpanzee Spent 27 Years Being Tortured! And For What? What Did She Ever Do To Deserve Such Treatment? Just Being A Chimpanzee Was Enough! U.S. Canada All Other Countries

This is a world solidarity campaign, so all citizens of EVERY country can sign on.

The Great Ape Protection Act is a bill in the U.S. Congress right now to end invasive biomedical research and testing on an estimated 1000 chimpanzees remaining in U.S. laboratories. The bill would also retire approximately 600 federally owned chimpanzees currently in laboratories - many for more than 40 years - to permanent sanctuary. The bill was originally introduced on April 17, 2008, and it has now moved into a House Committee with 107 sponsors!

Please visit (NEAVS) the New England Anti-Vivisection Society's "Pass the Great Ape Protection Act" web page and take a moment to sign on to a petition to your lawmakers asking that they support the release and restitution for chimps used in research.

Chimpanzees And AIDS Research: Billions of dollars and 85 failed AIDS vaccines later that were tested on 100's of chimps, who've endured 2 decades of immense suffering, and not a single vaccine was successful in human clinical trials.

Despite the failure of chimpanzee use to prevent or cure HIV/AIDS, some researchers are calling for a return of their use to study the disease. An Assessment of the Role of Chimpanzees in AIDS Vaccine Research, published in 2008 and authored by Project R&Rs Science Director and geneticist Jarrod Bailey, Ph.D., investigated chimpanzees use in HIV/AIDS vaccine development. This paper demonstrated that a return to chimpanzee use would be not only non-productive, but even counterproductive to scientific progress in preventing and conquering AIDS.

Touched by HIV/AIDS: the story of one HIV research survivor

Purchased from a circus at age 7, Yoko was sent to the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates in 1981. He was used extensively in research and infected with both HIV and hepatitis C today he tests negative for both. Why? Although HIV can replicate in their bodies, chimpanzees infected with HIV do not become sick with symptoms of AIDS.

Now in sanctuary at Fauna, Yoko has become very social and can often be found in a grooming circle of friends. A fast runner who loves to play chase, he is a very small adult male, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in personality.

To find out more about the use of chimps in research Flawed Science Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty The Fauna Foundation Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Not even kidding. According to The Austin American Statesman, grief counselors were made available to employees of the University of Texas Keeling Animal Research Center after an adult chimpanzee who escaped from the experimentation facility was shot and killed near the campus. Anyone else find it odd that employees of a facility that cages animals and performs cruel experiments on them against their will would need specialists to comfort them when the animals die due to their facilitys negligence?

PETA filed a formal complaint today, calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the laboratory for alleged violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, including failure to ensure that personnel are qualified to perform their duties and failure to provide structurally sound housing for nonhuman primates. Heres what PETA Primate Specialist Dr. Debra Durham told the media:

"Chimpanzees are intelligent, sensitive, and resourceful—they shouldn't be incarcerated in laboratories in the first place. Research on chimpanzees is banned in many countries. The very least that this laboratory can do is ensure that these animals have safe living spaces." Which doesnt seem to be happening at the moment, given that this is the second chimpanzee escape from the facility in the past six months. Youd almost think these animals dont want to be there.

Maybe they can send in a team of basic human decency counselors along with the grief folks. Just a thought

Source and a must see video
Remember folks, the governemtn is getting ready to put squirrel monkeys through the same torture! You read those articles here on this blog under "Government Facilities"


  1. Anonymous12:06 PM

    Is it bad that when I watch videos of baby chimps, I want to smack them?

  2. Judie Harrison6:10 AM

    Dear Anon;
    If you feel that way about baby chimps, do you feel that way about children also?

    Funny, I am just the opposite, I want to smack the kids when they start yelling and misbehaving. :)