After more than a decade of campaigning—which included an eyewitness investigation, a news conference featuring Alan Cumming, parallel campaigns against chimpanzee-exploiting greeting-card companies Hallmark and American Greetings, and a years-long Endangered Species Act lawsuit—we rescued every remaining chimpanzee from the former Missouri Primate Foundation breeding facility. For decades, this had been the primary source of chimpanzees who were sold into the entertainment industry and pet trade. That sad chapter in Missouri’s history has been closed for good, thanks to PETA. The six chimpanzees now live at the lush Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries–accredited Center for Great Apes, where they will be acclimated to a beautiful and complex outdoor habitat and provided with nutritious food, expert care, and the opportunity to engage in natural chimpanzee behavior. They’ll never again be exploited in any way.
“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE
— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind