Chimpanzees in the Media

PG Tips chimps: The last of the tea-advertising apes

The Twycross Zoo in England, which benefitted from revenue raised from chimpanzees "acting" in PG Tips ads, has since said the use of the apes was wrong and has now highlighted the damage it caused the animals in later life.

posted 01/08/2014 7:47 PM

Fall in Love With Scarlett, a Paralyzed Chimpanzee Who Learned to Walk Again

One of the chimpanzees dearest to my heart, the sassy and independent Scarlett, now age 34, taught me a great deal about resilience and trust.

posted 01/03/2014 8:14 AM

Chimp Haven gifted with lifetime care for 7 chimpanzees

In the midst of the giving season, Chimp Haven is thankful for the American Anti-Vivisection Society’s establishment of a trust fund for seven chimpanzees newly retired from the New Iberia Research Center. The trust fund will have a total of $700,000 that will go toward diet, veterinary and day-to-day care for these additions to the colony.

posted 12/18/2013 2:51 PM

Animal Rights Group Boycotting "Wolf of Wall Street"

An animal rights group argues that Chance, a chimpanzee used in the upcoming Scorsese film, was subject to the cruel teaching methods of his circus trainer earlier in his life and could suffer from neurotic behaviors, ultimately becoming incapable of socially interacting with other chimps, due to his appearance in the movie.

posted 12/14/2013 10:07 PM

Judges deny chimps ‘legal personhood’

An animal rights group filed three suits last week that attempted to achieve “legal personhood” for four chimpanzees living in New York. They were the first step in a nationwide campaign to grant legal rights to a number of animal species.

posted 12/13/2013 12:04 AM

Former lab chimp Kitty, Nim Chimpsky's companion, dies

Kitty, a female chimpanzee that gave birth to many offspring used in laboratory experiments, has died in a Texas animal sanctuary, the Humane Society of the United States announced Friday.

posted 12/06/2013 8:45 PM

Primate Paradox: Lecturer gives talk on too many chimpanzees in U.S., too few in the wild

April Truitt, executive director of the Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, Kentucky, is giving a talk titled “The Chimpanzee Paradox: Too Few in the Wild, Too Many in the U.S.” Truitt will discuss what the future holds for the more than 800 captive chimpanzees in U.S. research facilities and why there are so many here. She’ll also address the question of who is responsible for the future care of these long-lived creatures.

posted 12/02/2013 3:07 PM

Senate sends bill that includes Chimp Haven provisions to President Obama

Congress has sent the president a bill that would lift a $30 million federal spending limit for the national federal research chimpanzee sanctuary in northwest Louisiana. “It’s a great day for federally owned chimpanzees,” said Cathy Willis Spraetz, the sanctuary's president and CEO.

posted 11/17/2013 6:13 PM

‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese Under Fire For Chimp Actor Chance

The new movie The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is facing criticism from animal protection organizations and activists for featuring a chimpanzee ‘actor'.

posted 11/17/2013 6:06 PM

Chimp sanctuary spending cap may be lifted

Congress may lift the federal spending limit for the national federal research chimpanzee sanctuary in Caddo Parish.

posted 11/13/2013 7:30 PM