Speak up for the rainforest

5 March, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Sumatran Orangutan Society are asking people to write to their MP to prevent the government giving subsidies to bioliquids for fuel since it is predominantly palm oil and to grow it in the necessary quantities will endanger even further critically endangered species like orangutans, leopards, Roloway monkeys, insects, plants, and lots of other good things! You just need to find your MP and use the template letter to ask them to help.

Please do, we can have power when we all stand together to stop this ‘greenwashing’ where we replace the harmful fossil fuels with far more planetarily destructive bioliquids.

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Petition time!

20 November, 2012 § Leave a comment

Wild Futures, who hosted us on our recent trip to Cornwall, are always campaigning to improve the welfare of captive primates, whether they are performing animals in TV or film or pet monkeys. They are asking the government to make it illegal to keep primates as pets. To support this push to prevent any more wild extractions (like those we portray in the Muna the Monkey) and any monkey being kept in unsuitable conditions please click on the link and add your name to the list.

Secondly there is a petition encouraging the British government to demand the more responsible use of palm oil.

So those are our two issues that we teach about, so naturally I have signed both and if you have a minute it would be great for you to too.

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Talk Tonight at Oxford Brookes

5 November, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hello monkeys,

A long silence due to us taking a little break for personal reasons but we are back up and running now! Firstly an event. If anyone is around the Oxford area and wants to hear me talking a little about what MASC is and how it was set up then come to Oxford Brookes, Gypsy Lane Campus, Room something! I seem unable to find out which it is. If you are interested turn up at quarter to six and ask for the Monkey Monday or the Monday night seminar series. There should be people around to point the way!

 

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Calling Isabel Cobb

28 July, 2012 § Leave a comment

I have been sending out emails to the winners of the Monkelympics and the email address I have for Isabel is wrong so if she sees this post can she please contact us through the blog or our website and we can arrange sending her her prize!

The things you find

16 July, 2012 § Leave a comment

Aoife and I are just working on the printed materials for the Monkelympics at Beale Park starting on Saturday. We have been looking for pictures of primates demonstrating their skills. We have been discouraged by the fact that if your search term includes primate or monkey how many of the pictures depict primates in pet/performing animal or even lab settings (depending on the other words in the search term). We understand that most people don’t have the opportunity to photograph exotic animals in the wild but the number of photos taken in zoos with vaguely naturalistic enclosures is also small.

We were feeling dispirited when we realised this is what we are here for. We are educating about the pet trade and the impacts humans have on the lives of individuals and species. Many of the people who have posted the photos may not have realised the impact they were having on the primates and other exotic animals depicted. So we better hurry up and get educating!

Here is a picture of a happy young primate, not in an obviously captive environment, indulging in a happy natural behaviour. I hope it puts a smile on your face. Thanks to Miranda Research blog for posting this one.

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Banning pet primates in the UK

7 March, 2012 § 1 Comment

A new bill has been presented to the House of Commons hoping to prohibit the keeping of primates as pets in the UK. Please write to your MP to request their support. I have included the text I used, please feel free to edit it as you see fit. Wild Futures are promoting this so maybe contact them to tell them you have written.

Find your MP

Dear ,

There are approximately 5,000 privately kept primates in England , Scotland and Wales today. Due to shortcomings in
existing legislation, the authorities are unaware of the locations of or conditions in which the majority of these primates are kept.
· There is mounting evidence that the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Privately Kept Non-Human Primates
has failed to protect many privately kept primates since its introduction in 2010.
· The Animal Welfare Act 2006 cannot be enforced unless the authorities know where and how privately kept primates are being kept. Furthermore, genuine specialist
knowledge is required in order to ensure that primates’ needs are being met. Non-specialist veterinarians have repeatedly given poor advice concerning pet primates, resulting in lasting damage to many privately kept individuals.
· Without assessment by genuine specialists, pet primates can and regularly do fall through the cracks. In these times of financial austerity, it would be surprising to see enforcing authorities move toward employing primate specialists in order to ensure that the needs of pet
primates are being met!
· Seventy-nine percent of the British public does not believe that monkeys should be kept as pets[1], and the government has as much as admitted that they are unsuitable to be kept by anyone but “specialist keepers”
· The simplest and most economical solution to these problems is to introduce a total ban on the keeping of primates as pets. In January 2012 Member of Parliament for South East Cornwall Sheryll Murray presented the Keeping of Primates as Pets (Prohibition) Bill 2010-12 to the House of Commons. This Bill is due a second hearing soon. I would like to ask you as my representative to support this Bill as the only fair, economical and realistic solution to pet primate ownership and its devastating effects on individuals and in some cases wild populations.
· All MPs are welcome and encouraged to visit the Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary, meet the monkeys we have rescued from the UK pet trade and learn about their stories. All they have to do is contact campaigns to arrange a visit!

Yours sincerely,

 

 

[1]http://www.ipsos-mori.com/researchpublications/researcharchive/492/Primates-As-Pets.aspx

 

 

Open people’s eyes to animal cruelty

1 March, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hello monkeys far and wide,

I have just seen a video of a baby macaque on a pig’s back. The baby monkey is likely to be very scared and is too young to be without its mother. It is being treated as an object of entertainment when it is really a living animal which is scared and alone. To add to the content of the video there are comments on it that say how much the viewers want a pet monkey (as well as others saying that anyone who dislikes the clip hates animals and comedy). After commenting on the video with why it was animal abuse I had a lovely comment back telling me that the monkey was loving it! I know that there are hundreds if not thousands of these videos and we cannot help to influence them all but it is my aim to increase the number of dislikes, reports of animal abuse and comments explaining what it is these ‘animal-lovers’ are actually watching.

I don’t hope to have the video removed, partly because it silences the discussion, partly because it makes us out to be the bad guys and the video is around enough that people already have copies etc. It is out there now, the mission is to change how it is seen rather than to delete it.

So please if you have a second can you please click on the link and dislike, comment or report animal abuse. The number of dislikes is 841 (already more than when I watched it half an hour ago) I would like to get to 1,000 with more measured comments on there as well.

If you do comment, prepare for abusive messages back. Words may sting but ignorance is destroying the lives of so many.

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