Concern was growing Saturday for the welfare of a much-loved male squirrel monkey stolen from an enclosure at San Francisco Zoo in California. Zoo workers discovered the theft Friday morning, when they found a back perimeter gate had been breached and two holes cut in the mesh fence of the squirrel monkey exhibit. The missing monkey, known as Banana-Sam to his keepers, is 17 years old, over 12 inches tall and weighs about 2 lbs. But his keepers warn that while he looks very cute, he is not a pet — and can deliver a nasty nip. “He has extremely sharp teeth and will definitely bite if provoked, which can cause infections right away,” the zoo said. Primate curator Corinne MacDonald told CNN affiliate KTVU she was very worried about Banana-Sam’s well-being. “Stress can actually kill a monkey that small,” she said. “They are highly social animals and should not be alone, and he’s got cage-mates here that he’s lived with almost all his life that are his friends, so to speak, that he needs to be with.” The monkey needs a specialized diet to stay healthy and is fairly elderly for his species, making him more vulnerable, the zoo […]
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ALOP and PETA has a lot to celebrate this year: Ringling Bros. paid the largest fine in circus history for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, the Environmental Protection Agency adopted modern replacements for animal tests, businesses got rid of cruel glue traps, and advertising agencies pledged never to use great apes in their ads. We’ve rounded up the highlights of 2011 on our blog—which also features a moving and entertaining video recap of the year—and we thought that you might be interested in sharing the post with your readers. The video includes scenes from PETA’s hard-hitting undercover investigations, catchy celebrity campaigns, and provocative protests as well as shots of our controversial billboards. It’s a great way to wrap up a year of victories for animals! Thanks to everyone that helped animals through out the year!!!
An underground animal rights group is threatening to spread rat poison in Toronto’s Chinatown and poison food at Mandarin buffet restaurants, the head of the Toronto Chinese Business Association told The Huffington Post Thursday. Barbara Chiu, the group’s executive director, said she received a letter in the mail Tuesday from an organization calling itself Animal Liberation Canada/USA upset with the group’s decision to fight a city of Toronto ban on the sale of shark fins. “They see us, the Chinese, having lost the battle in the shark-fin ban … And at the end of the letter it mentions that they are going to spread rat poison in Chinatown and in a particular Chinese restaurant as well,” Chiu said. “They mentioned a Mandarin restaurant, you know the Mandarin Buffet?” “We are a radical group of “concerned” who protect all wildlife. Warning to y’all. We now have folks in your Chinatowns spreading rat poison on meant, fish, fruit and vegetables. Hopefully some of you will be sick as a dog, which by the way you animal killers eat as well,” the letter states. Police were notified on Wednesday and the issue was passed along to the hate crimes unit, Chiu said. The […]
As you celebrate the holidays with family, friends and those adorable companion animals known as pets, you should be thrilled to learn that the distant cousins of your pets have just won a historic victory. West Hollywood, California, recently passed a first-in-the-nation ban on the sale of fur within its city limits, effective in 2013. West Hollywood City Council member John D’Amico, who spearheaded the ordinance, told me, “We didn’t want to be a city that supported the raising of animals to be killed just for fashion.” Well put. If you wouldn’t want somebody skinning your dog or cat for their fur, then why would you allow the same horror to befall other equally sentient beings? The raccoons, foxes, beavers, chinchillas, minks, rabbits, and yes, sometimes even dogs and cats that are killed for fur are not very different from your beloved dog or cat. They all have eyes, ears and hearts. They all experience pain when they are physically maimed. They shake with fear when they experience terror. “I am just so baffled by this. This is pure politics at its worst,” the executive director of the Fur Information Council, Keith Kaplan, said. But there’s nothing to be baffled […]
Prisoners in ice, more than 100 Beluga whales in far eastern Russia risk death unless rescued soon. The flock of gentle ghost-white whales was trapped in ice floes in the Sinyavinsky Strait off the Bering Sea near the village of Yanrakynnot, said a statement from the Chukotka Autonomous Region. Fishermen reported that the whales were concentrated in two relatively small ice holes, where, for now, they can breathe freely. But the Belugas’ chance of swimming back to water is slim due to the vast fields of ice over the strait. The whales have little food, and the ice flow is increasing, the statement said. They are at risk of rapid exhaustion and, ultimately, death by starvation or suffocation. Trapped whales are also susceptible to predators like polar bears and killer whales. The Chukotka Autonomous Region government has sought help from federal authorities and asked for an icebreaker to help rescue the Belugas. A rescue tug, Ruby, was in the area helping a Korean cargo ship that ran aground on the southern coast of Chukotka but it would take one and a half days for it to reach the whales, the statement said. Trapped belugas are a frequent phenomenon in the […]