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Judge Orders Stony Brook University to Defend Its Custody of 2 Chimps | New York Times

Judge Orders Stony Brook University to Defend Its Custody of 2 Chimps (via New York Times)

By Jesse McKinley, April 21, 2015 — They may not know it, and they most certainly will not be in attendance, but Hercules and Leo will have their day in court. A judge in Manhattan has ordered a hearing that will touch upon the continuing debate over whether caged chimpanzees can be considered “legal persons,” in the eyes of the law… (Read more)

As Palm Oil Farms Expand, It’s A Race To Save Indonesia’s Orangutans | NPR

As Palm Oil Farms Expand, It’s A Race To Save Indonesia’s Orangutans (via NPR)

By Anthony Kuhn, March 11, 2015 — On a hillside on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, about 50 red-haired refugees are learning how to be orangutans once again. The country’s booming palm oil industry has encroached on their habitats, leaving many of them homeless and orphaned. Palm oil is hard to avoid… (Read more)

Chimps still stuck in research labs despite promise of retirement | CNN

Chimps still stuck in research labs despite promise of retirement (via CNN)

By John Bonifield and Elizabeth Cohen, February 7, 2015 — Despite a promise more than a year and half ago by the National Institutes of Health to retire the vast majority of government research chimpanzees to sanctuaries, hundreds of chimps are still being held… (Read more)

Rescued Baby Orangutan Shines Light on Cruel, Illegal Pet Trade | Scientific American

Rescued Baby Orangutan Shines Light on Cruel, Illegal Pet Trade (via Scientific American)

By John R. Platt, January 29, 2015 — The plight of an emaciated, possibly crippled baby orangutan has brought worldwide attention this week to the cruel practices that resulted in the endangered ape spending the first 10 months of his life in a chicken cage in Borneo. Budi, as the baby orangutan has come to be known … (Read more)

Ebola Has Crushed Gorilla and Chimp Populations | Discovery News

Ebola Has Crushed Gorilla and Chimp Populations (via Discovery News)

January 22, 2015 — Meera Inglis, a PhD in conservation policy at the University of Sheffield, calls attention to a perhaps little known, or not often considered, fact: The Ebola virus has put a sizable dent in Africa’s great ape populations. In her piece Inglis calls Ebola “the single greatest threat to the survival of gorillas and chimpanzees” and cites mortality rates of about 95% for gorillas and 77% for chimpanzees… (Read more)

PG Tips chimps featured in Channel 5 documentary | Birmingham Mail

PG Tips chimps featured in Channel 5 documentary (via Birmingham Mail)

By Fionnuala Bourke, January 8, 2015 — They were the cute and cuddly chimpanzees who won worldwide fame while dressed up as humans and seemingly enjoying a cup of PG Tips. But the seventies icons from Twycross Zoo suffered greatly as they grew out of their TV fame. They were left traumatised… (Read more)

Gorilla And Chimpanzee Population May Disappear By 2025 If Poaching And Trafficking Continues, Officials Say

Gorilla And Chimpanzee Population May Disappear By 2025 If Poaching And Trafficking Continues, Officials Say (via Headlines & Global News)

WARNING: some disturbing images are included in this article.

By Kimberly M. Aquilina, January 5, 2015 — Traffickers have slaughtered gorillas and chimpanzees in Cameroon’s rainforests to supply the demand for bush meat and conservationists were concerned about the sustainability of the great ape population… (Read more)

Sandra Orangutan, Rights and Personhood: An Essential Clarification of the Court’s Decision | Huffington Post

Sandra Orangutan, Rights and Personhood: An Essential Clarification of the Court’s Decision (via Huffington Post)

By Mark Bekoff, December 25, 2014 — Worldwide media about granting personhood and rights to Sandra Orangutan who currently languishes in the Buenos Aires Zoo needs closer scrutiny. Here, attorney Steven Wise, who heads the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), provides a very important clarification of the court’s decision… (Read more)

Why are there so many animals in fashion ads? | Fashionista

Why are there so many animals in fashion ads? (via Fashionista)

By Christina M. Russo, December 22, 2014 — Animals have been used in fashion ads since at least the 1800s. Why are they so prevalent? And should they be?… (Read more)

EU adopts law mandating palm oil labeling on food products | Mongabay.com

EU adopts law mandating palm oil labeling on food products (via Mongabay.com)

December 12, 2014 — Tomorrow the European Union will begin enforcing legislation that mandates labeling of specific vegetable oils on food products. The move means consumers will soon know whether the products they consume contain palm oil, canola, or one of many other sources of plant-based fat… (Read more)