Day: March 5, 2022

Primates as “Pets”- a life of misery and suffering

A new bill has been introduced to spare primates a life of misery and suffering as “pets.”

The Captive Primate Safety Act will ban the trade of prohibited primate species in the United States for private possession.
Please urge your U.S. congressional legislators to end the cruel primate pet trade today!

The Captive Primate Safety Act (CPSA) would ban the “importation, exportation, transportation, sale, receipt, acquisition, and purchase of any ‘prohibited primate species’ for private possession.”
The species prohibited under this bill include c​​himpanzees, galagos, gibbons, gorillas, lemurs, lorises, monkeys, orangutans, tarsiers, or any hybrid of such a species.

Humans are primates and we share undeniable similarities with other primates.
We are all mammals with enhanced vision, large brains relative to our body size, front-facing eyes that allow for depth perception, five digits to grasp objects, and we experience slow growth and longer lifespans.

Females birth a few offspring throughout their lifespans, typically one at a time, and nurse their young.
Primates engage in complex social structures and communicate through vocalizations, facial expressions, gestures, touching, and more.

Just like humans, other primates can learn and have the ability to utilize tools to accomplish tasks.
They feel joy, fear, pain, anger, and grief.
Some species, such as chimpanzees, have even been known to have exceptional senses of humor and laugh at each others’ jokes.

Nonhuman primates are native to tropical and subtropical forests where they are adapted for temperature, precipitation, vegetation, diet, and space.
Confining these animals as “pets” deprives them of socialization with their species.
They are also denied the mental stimulation they would naturally experience as they are unable to explore and learn in their natural habitats.
Primates confined as “pets” are also unable to follow their instincts to procreate and care for their families, and are generally deprived of everything wild animals need to thrive.

Nonhuman primates are typically ripped away from their mothers and sold as babies.
As they grow, their wild nature makes it evident that they suffer in captivity and cannot be controlled, creating a dangerous situation for the animals and their captors.

Sadly, primates are not only exploited within the pet trade.
They are held captive for profits in zoos, experimented on in science labs, and used for entertainment purposes.

The Captive Primate Safety Act would end the primate pet trade only, but it is a significant step in the right direction.

And I mean…For every baby monkey that ends up in zoos or as pets, an average of ten adult monkeys die because they are highly sensitive animals that will defend their young at any cost.

The decline affects the species differently.
The number of chimpanzees has fallen by at least 40 percent, and there are still around 300,000 animals in West and Central Africa. The number of gorillas fell by at least 35 percent to an estimated 300,000 specimens.
All great ape species are threatened with extinction.

It is a highly lucrative business for the pet traders.

While the poachers get between $50 and $100 for the babies, the pet traders charge up to $250,000 for the monkeys.
The illegal trade in rare animal species is the fourth most lucrative illegal business in the world after drug and human trafficking.

Scientists estimate that unless concrete action is taken to help primates, they may become extinct within the next decade.

These animals are invaluable to tropical biodiversity as they are important for forest regeneration and stable ecosystems.
If they die out, that is an alarm signal that these habitats will no longer be usable for humans in the long term.

My best regards to all, Venus

THIS is the reality about dog sledding-a musher describes it

“Forget the dog sledding propaganda you’ve been fed and see the reality on this video”.

Some on that: The dogs used in the Iditarod have to walk up to 160 kilometers a day.
They traverse freezing winds, sub-zero temperatures, dangerous sheets of ice and blizzards in which they can hardly see anything.
While some dogs wear snowshoes, many dogs suffer cuts, bruises, and abrasions from walking the long distances on frozen ground.
Most states in the US have laws that prohibit animal overcharging—not so Alaska.

And the dogs also suffer off the track.
Most of the animals used in sled races are chained.
These dogs usually only have an upturned barrel or a run-down hut for protection.
Dogs that aren’t the best runners (like in the video) are often treated like faulty equipment.

In the past, such dogs have been beaten, shot, abandoned or abandoned in already overcrowded animal shelters.

Iditarod fatalities are not uncommon
At least 150 dogs used in the Iditarod have died since 2004. In 2015, dogs Stiffy and Wyatt died on the track.

Countless dogs are injured – for example, some dogs belonging to musher Yuka Honda, who crashed into a sled and was then run over by another!!
And Laura, a five-year-old dog who was reportedly virtually “blind” and often appeared “confused.”
Nevertheless, the musher Kelly Maixner let them compete.

In March 2020, over 220 dogs were withdrawn from the race because they were exhausted, ill or injured.
The good news: An international campaign against this cruelty to animals, numerous protests and the support of countless animal lovers showed success!
In 2019, Coca-Cola said goodbye as a sponsor of the race.
In January 2021, ExxonMobil also announced that it would no longer support the race from 2022.
In early 2022, the hotel chain Millennium Hotels and Resorts announced that it would end its sponsorship.

We must not let up. Endurance counts in animal protection.
This cruel dog sled race must no longer be encouraged and the suffering of the dogs must finally end.

The Formula 1 owners support the infamous Iditarod dog sled race in Alaska as a sponsor.
There is a petition against it.
If you haven’t already – please sign this petition and urge Formula 1 owners to stop supporting the deadly Iditarod sled dog race.

My best regards to all, Venus