All wild primates are considered
endangered. Yet, throughout the world, they face some of the
most abuse. In Africa, primates are slaughtered for the sale of bush
Many are hunted so their body parts can be sold as aphrodisiacs in
Asia. They are kidnapped from the wild and smuggled to other
countries for sale to research labs or to be used as 'breeders',
forced to reproduce only to have their babies stolen.
in the wild are orphaned by poachers, and many mothers are murdered so the
infants can be smuggled. For every infant that survives
smuggling, 10 have died.
primates are only considered 'threatened', trade across state borders is
legal. This makes it possible for private companies to continually
breed for pet sale or labs. Chimps are used in medical
research throughout the First World. They are kept in small cages,
often without any family or other social group. They are tortured, all for
the sake of humans. Chimps are used in Aids research, despite the
fact that in 30 years, only 2 chimps have ever developed Aids from
HIV. Primates have different immunities to human diseases.
Chimpanzees are also put through simulated head impact
crashes and social deprivation studies for assessing damage done to the
These chimps did not ask to give
their lives in service of humans. They are taken from the arms of
their mothers as babies.
They receive none of the affection that they would otherwise get from
their families. They are forced through painful experiments,
constantly poked with needles, and infected with diseases.
Scientific research has shown that chimpanzees have a
psychological awareness and intelligence equivalent to a three
year old human. Yet any human would be horrified at the
thought of doing to a three year old what we frequently do to
Primates are intelligent, social
creatures, just like humans. They can suffer from the same
psychological disorders as humans. They require love and attention
just like humans. Apes can learn to communicate
with us and understand spoken English. We can't ignore that they are
so very similar to us. How can we ignore their ability to feel pain
and suffer like us?
Chimps in research labs
Save the primates