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Woody Harrelson Writes Army To End Monkey Poisoning

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Woody Harrelson has joined PETA and many others in the protest of the U.S. Army at Maryland’s Aberdeen Proving Ground poisoning of monkeys for nerve gas attack simulations.

Way to go, Woody!

This is great. The more people who join the fight, the better chance of getting the Army to stop testing on those poor monkeys.

The actual letter he wrote is below:

September 12, 2011
Gen. Raymond T. Odierno
Chief of Staff
United States Army
200 Army Pentagon, Rm. 3E672
Washington, DC 20310-0200

Dear General Odierno,

Congratulations on your new post as chief of staff. I learned from PETA that the U.S. Army will soon conduct outdated tests in which a nerve agent is injected into monkeys at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The monkeys forced through this procedure will suffer the wretched symptoms of chemical poisoning, including seizures, breathing difficulties, loss of bowel control, and convulsions. In a laboratory worksheet that PETA obtained from Aberdeen, one student compared a monkey’s violent reaction during the exercise to “a chiwawa [sic] shitting razor blades.”

Because superior non-animal methods are used for this exact training by military and civilian programs around the world, animals are clearly not required to meet your objectives. Sophisticated human patient simulators can be programmed to mimic the human response to a nerve agent attack and used in various scenarios that actually recreate conditions in which such an attack on humans may occur. They are far more relevant to military medical personnel than poisoning monkeys in a laboratory and watching how their tails twitch and their paws sweat. There is even a video of all this that can be used if you really want to show how monkeys react to a specific nerve agent.

General, I urge you to stop this crude exercise at Aberdeen. I’m sure you agree that our military personnel deserve state-of-the-art training and that our country deserves to be respected for its civilized treatment of animals. Among PETA’s members and supporters are physicians, researchers, and other personnel— including medical simulation experts at Harvard Medical School and other institutions—who can help facilitate this transition to modern, humane training methods.
Thank you. I look forward to some good news shortly.

Yours truly,
Woody Harrelson

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Animal Rights Group Tries To Stop Snakes Monkeys On A Plane

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This is sad.

PETA is demanding that China Southern Airlines refuse service to a few particular clients: 80 monkeys.

The animal rights group was tipped off that very large shipment of macaques from China were being sent to U.S. laboratories.

According to PETA:

"These highly intelligent and sensitive animals will be crammed into 32 wooden crates and placed in the cargo hold of a China Southern Airlines passenger plane destined to arrive in Los Angeles on August 15. Upon arrival in the U.S., the primates will endure a 1,500-mile trip in the back of a truck.

They will then be quarantined at the Alice, Texas, facility of Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories (SNBL), a company whose Washington-state facility was recently cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for isolating more than 4,000 monkeys in cages, in violation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA)."

The labs don't have a very good history with animals. SNBL was recently fined $31,000 for after a whistleblower revealed that a monkey was BIOLD TO DEATH when her cage was put into a high-temperature cage-washing machine while she was still in it!!

That's horrible! Good luck PETA!

HERE is more info on the fight against animal testing.

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Monkeys Cover Their Eyes When They Wanna Be Alone

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OMGEZZ! Goawaaaay!!

Mandrills the biggest member of the monkey family and apparently the most easily annoyed.

Experts have noticed when the monkeys want to be left alone they cover their eyes with there hands.

Apparently it's a gesture that has never been seen before, and experts believe it is evidence of social culture among animals. They believe one of the mandrills made up the gesture, made it cool, and passed it on to her pals. (kinda like saying "that's what she said.")

Evolutionary biologist Mark E. Laidre says they don't do it to block the sun cause their eyes remain open.

I just seems like a matter of time before they start flipping us off!

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Circus Taught Not To Clown Around With 4-Year-Old

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Circus Taught Not To Clown Around With 4-Year-Old

I want lions and tigers NOWWWWW!!!!!

A four-year-old boy has won a lawsuit over a Kazakh circus, which failed to show him a lion and a tiger.

The boy plans to spend the compensation to see another circus showing tamed lions, tigers, dogs, monkeys and horses.

In early 2011, a four-year-old Zhenia Golovin’s mother Irina filed a lawsuit in his name, concerning a circus performance called “The New Year Asiada”, Lenta.ru reported.

The show advertisement promised a stunt with trained lion and tiger, but spectators never saw the animals.

Following the performance, Irina Golovina demanded her ticket money back and asked the circus to pay her almost $6,000 in compensation in damages.

According to the woman, her son was very upset that he did not see the tamed animals, thinking that his mother had lied to him.

Brilliant.

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5 Things To Know About Crystal The Hangover Monkey

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Here are 5 things to know about Hollywoods hottest animal starlet!

1. In real life, she doesn't smoke.

Crystal's trainer, Thomas Gunderson, worked with his 17-year-old monkey so that she could hold a hollow prop that looked like a cigarette (the smoke effects were added later through CGI). She also learned how to use several different kinds of lighters (that didn't have real flames).

2. She doesn't have any other deviant behaviors, either.

According to her trainer:

"Most monkeys are liars, Crystal is not. She's not a good liar. She's very honest. She takes her work very seriously."

3. She was pretty popular on the Hangover set.

While actors Bradley Cooper and Ken Jeong had worked with Crystal on other projects, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis hadn't. Gunderson says they started out "a little – and this is putting it very mildly – apprehensive.

Eventually, Crystal became a member of the "Wolf Pack," and people would take turns petting her, feeding her, and the group would often sit and have lunch together.

4. She's not a diva.

While Crystal may look like one on the red carpet, this is one down-to-earth capuchin. "She doesn't understand all this stuff," Gunderson says.

"When we were on the red carpet, there was a lot of noise, a lot of lights, a lot to keep her stimulated. Most monkeys would probably be stressed out and not want to be there. She stands right out there and smiles and waves."

5. She's named after a country singer.

Soon after Gunderson was assigned to train his new monkey about 15 years ago, he was sitting in his car when a song by the country singer Crystal Gayle came on the radio.

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Man Tries To Smuggle A Zoo

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Cutest smuggling ever!

A man has been caught trying to fly out of Bangkok with live baby animals, including leopards, panthers and a bear, in his luggage.

The animals, which were all under two months old and had been drugged, were discovered in the suitcases of a man heading for Dubai on a first class plane ticket.

There were two leopards, two panthers, an Asiatic black bear and two macaque monkeys - all about the size of puppies.

The man was charged with smuggling endangered species out of Thailand, according to Colonel Kiattipong Khawsamang of the Nature Crime Police.

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New Law: A Service Animal Can Be Dog Or Mini-Horse

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A mini-horse?

Dani Moore uses a rat perched on her shoulder as a service animal to alert her to spasms from a disabling condition. Daniel Greene's service animal is a snake wrapped around his neck to help him predict epileptic seizures.

But these creatures and many others are no longer acceptable as service animals under new federal guidelines issued March 15 by the U.S. Department of Justice for the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The new recommendations limit service animals to dogs and housebroken miniature horses. (mimi-horses?)

The law used to say a service animal could be any animal trained to do a task for an individual. The new policy allowing only dogs and the miniature horses "excludes automatically yard animals, rodents, spiders, snakes, monkeys and cats."

Service animals also now exclude animals that provide emotional support or comfort.

The DOJ says "People were putting vests on pocket pets and calling them service animals," and "Changes were needed."

A number of people with disabilities are concerned about this new law, and so are we.

Why is emotional support not a service? How is a mini-horse better than a cat?

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