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We need to talk about spending time with our families in zoos… - June 15, 2017

The force of events brings me back to this subject: why, in 2017, do we still take our families to spend a good time in zoos? I was struck by the news of the death of a keeper (one more) by one of the tigers she used to take care of at Hamerton Zoo Park […]

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IBM Issues Public Statement Severing Ties With New York Blood Center Over Chimp Abandonment - May 17, 2017

By Donny Moss (Their Turn) In a statement posted on its website, IBM announced that it has severed all ties with the NY Blood Center on account of the organization’s decision to abandon 66 chimpanzees with no food or water on islands in Liberia. IBM joins NYBC’s other long term corporate partners, MetLife and Citigroup, in […]

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PASA – NIGERIA, AFRICA: Help rebuild Drill Ranch with donations - May 17, 2017

Drill Ranch, a pioneering PASA member wildlife center in Nigeria, cares for over 500 extremely endangered drill monkeys and 31 chimpanzees. At best of times, providing excellent care to so many animals in such a difficult country is daunting. Seven Enclosures Were Destroyed A tragedy has laid waste to Drill Ranch. Two brutal rain and […]

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Cecilia receives visit from her saviour - May 2, 2017

Last Saturday (April 29), chimpanzee Cecilia, released through a Habeas Corpus filed by the NGO AFADA (an organization of lawyers who defend animal rights in Argentina) was visited by Pablo Buompadre, author of the HC which Judge Dr. María Alejandra Mauricio fully accepted and allowed her release from a life of infamous captivity in the former […]

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The first 20 days of Cecilia - April 25, 2017

The 20-year-old chimpanzee Cecília arrived on April 5 at the Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba, affiliated to GAP Project, after two days of a journey that began in Mendoza, Argentina, where she had been living alone in a cement cage in the city’s zoo and exposed to the public. Cecilia’s story would have been one […]

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Chimpanzee Cecilia Finds Sanctuary: An Interview with GAP Brazil - April 20, 2017

By Lauren Choplin (NhRP blog) In November of 2016, an Argentine judge issued a ruling that has changed the life of a single chimpanzee—and could help do the same for other autonomous nonhuman animals. Thanks to litigation brought by an Argentine organization (AFADA) and modeled on the NhRP’s habeas petitions in the US, Cecilia—formerly held alone in captivity at […]

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GAP Mexico: A Critique of Attacks on Captive Animals - April 17, 2017

By Francel De la Huerta, Alejandra Estrada and Paulina Bermúdez (GAP Mexico) On the first trimester of the present year, during february and march, a terrible phenomenon has occurred in zoos around the world. It´s difficult to ignore the fatal attacks that captive animals living in these places have suffered, being disconcerting the intention to inflict […]

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Chimpanzee Cecilia back to nature in Brazil after misery of a jail-like zoo - April 15, 2017

efe-epa / By Carlos Meneses Sanchez Sao Paulo The chimpanzee Cecilia never knew what it was like to put her feet on the grass, she only knew the cement floor of the Argentine zoo where she was born 20 years ago. Today she breathes the fresh air of a Brazilian sanctuary surrounded by others of her […]

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A case called Cecilia: human selfishness - April 10, 2017

From distance we did not understand the situation quite completely. A Habeas Corpus filed by the AFADA Organization for the release of the chimpanzee Cecilia obtained a positive Judgment from a Court of Guarantees of the Mendoza Province that recognized her as a Subject of Law – a non-human person – and that she should […]

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Chimpanzee released by Habeas Corpus is transferred from Argentine zoo to Great Apes Sanctuary affiliated to the GAP Project in São Paulo, Brazil - April 4, 2017

Cecilia enters history as the first great ape to have the right to live in a sanctuary by means of a human legal instrument 17/04/04: The date will enter the world history of the struggle for freedom and the rights of non-human animals. The chimpanzee Cecília, who lived in the zoo in Mendoza, Argentina, arrives […]

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GAP BRAZIL: Cecília on her way - April 4, 2017

This photo is the proof that, after months of struggling to secure Cecilia’s release, her journey  to live with her peers in a non-exploitive environment, unlike where she lived for over 19 years, finally began. Cecilia is going from Mendoza to Buenos Aires on this date and from there, early tomorrow, she will board on […]

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Cecilia, first chimpanzee released by Habeas Corpus - March 30, 2017

Next week, the first chimpanzee in the world who has been released from captivity in a zoo through a human legal instrument, Habeas Corpus, will arrive at Guarulhos airport, in São Paulo, from Mendoza, Argentina. Cecília, who is the only survivor of a group of four chimpanzees who lived in the Mendoza Zoo, Argentina, already […]

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Chimpanzees are animals. But are they ‘persons’? - March 16, 2017

By Karin Brulliard (The Washington Post) The appellate division of the New York Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday on behalf of two captive plaintiffs — both of them chimpanzees. Their self-appointed attorney, the crusading animal-rights lawyer Steven Wise, will once again be making the case that U.S. law should not consider the apes things, […]

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Rhino shot dead by poachers at French zoo - March 14, 2017

Horn removed from four-year-old Vince in ‘act of extreme violence’, says park director by Kim Willsher, in Paris (The Guardian) Poachers have broken into a French zoo, killing a four-year-old white rhinoceros and sawing off its horn. Keepers found the dead animal, named Vince, in the African enclosure of the zoo at Thoiry, west of […]

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GAP BRAZIL: Another successful procedure - March 13, 2017

 Esq.: Dr. Juliana Kihara. Dir.: Dr. Camila Gentile On February 17, another successful procedure was carried out by a multidisciplinary team at the Sorocaba Maintainer (Sorocaba Great Primates Sanctuary, affiliated with the GAP Project). The team formed by Prof. Dr. Antônio Carlos Costa, Orthopedic Specialist in Microsurgery and Hand Surgery, Head of the Hand Group […]

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GAP BRAZIL: Chimpanzees Feel Safe in Latin America’s Largest Primate Sanctuary - February 8, 2017

SAO PAULO – Far away from their nerve-wracking days as a spectacle for the public, some 50 chimpanzees live together in Sorocaba, a small Brazilian town repurposed as a refuge for big primates recovering from a traumatic life in zoos and circuses. High up a cement tower, a 20-year-old chimpanzee named Dolores jumps compulsively, claps […]

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African drama: Chimpanzees in Guinea Stranded without Safe Water - February 1, 2017

The Chimpanzee Conservation Center is a PASA _ Pan Afican Sanctuaries Alliance – member that gives long-term care to 52 chimpanzees who have been rescued from bushmeat hunting, the illegal wildlife trade, and other forms of cruelty, and works to save chimps from extinction. CCC is in an extremely remote location in a national park […]

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56 years: a chimpanzee in space - January 31, 2017

On January 31, 1961, the United States Air Force sent a baby chimpanzee, a little over 3 years old, to the space in a 16-minute flight that would test the risk of the journey for the first human astronaut, Alan Shepard Jr., who would later fly out of Earth’s atmosphere. Ham was born in Cameroon. […]

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GAP IVORY COAST: Forests Cavally and Goin Débé biodiversity threatened by cocoa production - January 19, 2017

By Serge Soiret The forests of Cavally and Goin Débé, the last ones still well protected in Ivory Coast are threatened! Why? Because 40 % of the national production of cocoa come from these forests. Ivory Coast (West Africa country) is the world’s largest producer of brown gold since 1978. According to a governmental report […]

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GAP Mexico: Invictus – How a black bear helped end cruelty in Mexican circuses - January 16, 2017

In Mexico, it took the fight to end the cruelty of the circuses that exploit animals more than a decade to achieve its main goal. The story of an American black bear contributed in stopping this animal abuse. This American black bear was called Nait the Dancer, and was forced to make tricks on a […]

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