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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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Cost of imprisoned primates - January 5, 2017

The massacre and flight of human prisoners in Manaus prisons in the state of Amazonas, north of Brazil, has sparked a debate in Brazilian society about the cost of keeping human primates prisoners. Due to the disparity of costs that we are going to display here, there is no doubt something strange exists in the […]

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GAP Project wishes all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! - December 22, 2016

We wish everyone a peacefull Christmas and a prosperous new year. And also lots of achievements for our cause: the fight for the rights of great apes!

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Baby Chimp Makes New Friends While He Waits To Reunite With Mom - December 19, 2016

By Elizabeth Claire Alberts (The Dodo) Little Larry the chimp was a big surprise to everyone — perhaps even his own mother. Little Larry’s mother Loko has lived at a sanctuary in Cameroon run by Ape Action Africa since 2007, when she lost her own mom to poachers as a baby. Loko is now 10 […]

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Orangutan in Zoo Who Refuses to be Caged Causes $200,000 Worth of Damage - December 14, 2016

Orangutans are incredible primates, they are highly social, emotional, and intelligent. Amazingly, orangutans share 97 percent of the same DNA as humans. Sadly, despite the genetic and social similarities that we might share with orangutans, some people insist on keeping these beautiful creatures held in captivity. One orangutan, captive at the St. Louis Zoo, is […]

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Fidel Castro: A fraud - November 29, 2016

TV show “Fantástico” (Globo channel) exhibited last Sunday, November 27 (watch here, in Portuguese), an interview in which I talked about an operation carried out by the Student Revolutionary Directory of Cuba (DRE, in Spanish), which I chaired in Exile in 1962, to try to assassinate dictator Fidel Castro during an event in Havana. It […]

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Historic court ruling in Argentina orders zoo chimpanzee is moved to Sanctuary affiliated to GAP Project - November 7, 2016

A historic court judgment for Animal Rights struggle was featured in the world press last week. Thanks to an application for Habeas Corpus request by AFADA (Argentina Lawyers Association for the Rights of Animals), Judge Maria Alejandra Mauricio determined that chimpanzee Cecilia, who lives at the zoo in the city of Mendoza, is a “subject […]

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Gorilla escape in London Zoo: Looking for freedom - October 24, 2016

In late 2007, I was in England and I made a point of going to London Zoo, to visit the newly opened and trendy Gorilla Kingdom. By the nature of my work, I went with the critical keen sense, already expecting what I would find in a situation of great apes forcibly exposed to the […]

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Chimpanzee seen smoking at North Korea’s reopened zoo - October 20, 2016

Visitors to a newly reopened zoo in North Korea have been flocking to a new attraction: a smoking chimpanzee. According to officials at the Central zoo in Pyongyang, which has been criticised for animal cruelty in the past, the 19-year-old female chimpanzee Azalea, Dallae in Korean, smokes a pack a day. The chimpanzee can use […]

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Humans aren’t the only great apes that can ‘read minds’ - October 7, 2016

By Virginia Morell (Science AAAS) All great mind reading begins with chocolate. That’s the basis for a classic experiment that tests whether children have something called theory of mind—the ability to attribute desires, intentions, and knowledge to others. When they see someone hide a chocolate bar in a box, then leave the room while a […]

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The innocent guilty - October 5, 2016

In an unfortunate article published in Brazilian magazine Isto É this week, signed by journalist Raul Montenegro, a complaint that should put humans as victimizers convert them into victims and chimpanzees, in guilty. The article is based on the abandonment of a group of chimpanzees in an ignored island in the African country of Liberia. […]

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New data shows ‘staggering’ extent of great ape trade - October 4, 2016

By Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent, Johannesburg A new database suggests say there has been a dramatic under-reporting of the live, illegal trade in great apes. Around 1,800 orangutans, chimpanzees and gorillas were seized in 23 different countries since 2005, the figures show. Since 90% of the cases were within national borders they didn’t appear in major […]

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Bacteria, monkeys and men - September 29, 2016

By Drauzio Varella The evolutionary process of our species was not lonely. In the intimacy of our viscera, trillions of bacteria followed the same track as long as we go down the trees in the savannas of Africa. In the course of millions of years, we have lost some germs that persist to this day […]

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