IPPL Advocacy

IPPL at CITES CoP18

By International Primate Protection League / August 25, 2019 / Comments Off on IPPL at CITES CoP18

Global Advocacy Update One of the most important meetings about protections for primates and other wildlife is current underway in Geneva, Switzerland: the 18th Conference of the Parties for the Convention International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES. Here’s a round up of some highlights from the conference so far. IPPL Delegation IPPL is well represented…

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Four ways to celebrate International Gibbon Day

By International Primate Protection League / October 23, 2015 / Comments Off on Four ways to celebrate International Gibbon Day

Tomorrow, October 24, is International Gibbon Day. And Halloween is just around the corner. That means tomorrow would be a perfect day to work on your very own gibbon mask or costume—and we’ve got some links to show you how! You know that no one else in your neighborhood will come to the trick-or-treat marathon…

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Speaking up for lab monkeys

By International Primate Protection League / August 31, 2015 /

Today is the last day to submit a comment in support of a Rulemaking Petition to improve conditions for U.S. lab monkeys. This opportunity (which had been extended two months) expires at 11:59 PM, so don’t delay, and please share with your friends. Here’s a sample comment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Please feel…

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Do the Funky Gibbon!

By International Primate Protection League / August 21, 2015 / Comments Off on Do the Funky Gibbon!

How would you like to dance your way to primate protection? It’s easy if you do the Funky Gibbon: here’s how!   Download or listen to the 1970s hit single “The Funky Gibbon” via Amazon, iTunes, or Spotify, and IPPL will get a donation that we can use to help care for gibbons at our…

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Look for IPPL at animal rights conference

By International Primate Protection League / July 31, 2015 / Comments Off on Look for IPPL at animal rights conference

IPPL is again a Silver Sponsor of the Animal Rights National Conference, an annual bonanza of practical information, inspiring speakers, and networking opportunities for animal rights activists across the country and beyond. The organizers (Farm Animal Rights Movement) note that this conference is also “the world’s largest and longest-running animal rights gathering, hailing back to…

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You can help monkeys in research!

By International Primate Protection League / June 26, 2015 /

[Update 6/29/15: The deadline has been extended to August 31, 2015, 11:59 PM! There’s still time to file a comment on the government Web site!] You have a unique opportunity to make life better for lab monkeys! There are an estimated 110,000 monkeys living in U.S. research facilities. Of course, we feel they don’t belong…

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Gibbon art DIY for World Environment Day

By International Primate Protection League / June 5, 2015 /

Today is World Environment Day, designated by the United Nations as a day of outreach, a “people’s day” of “doing something positive for the environment.” This year’s theme is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” Well, have you ever dreamed about getting in touch with the natural world through art? That’s what Maui…

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Happy Earth Day 2015!

By International Primate Protection League / April 22, 2015 / Comments Off on Happy Earth Day 2015!

It’s the day to get your green on! The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin established this day to inspire people to take action for the planet and confront environmental challenges great and small. Now the movement is an international one, with the Earth Day Network holding…

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It’s the Year of the Gibbon!

By International Primate Protection League / February 25, 2015 / Comments Off on It’s the Year of the Gibbon!

The lunar calendar may have just ushered in the Year of the Sheep, but according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, 2015 is actually the International Year of the Gibbon. And it’s not a moment too soon.   If you include the larger-bodied but closely-related siamangs, as many as 19 species of gibbons…

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U.S. primate import statistics for 2014

By International Primate Protection League / January 26, 2015 /

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Here’s the bad news: 1. Imports are up 20 percent. For the second year in a row, primate imports into the United States have increased. And not just a little bit. In 2014, the United States imported about 4,000 more primates than in 2013. That’s 23,465 monkeys and apes—as opposed to 19,466 in 2013 and…

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Remembering the Bangkok Six case

By International Primate Protection League / December 18, 2014 /

Dianne Taylor-Snow has been a wildlife crime investigator and photojournalist for IPPL for 25 years. She’s also a dedicated board member and even has an IPPL gibbon named after her. She recently visited IPPL for a few days, and she shared with us her reminiscences about one of IPPL’s signature cases: the smuggling of six…

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WikiLeaks confirms IPPL’s role in India’s monkey export ban

By Shirley / August 1, 2014 / Comments Off on WikiLeaks confirms IPPL’s role in India’s monkey export ban

An IPPL member recently drew my attention to information about primates on WikiLeaks. In searching the files, I found mainly State Department cables about U.S. primate procurement efforts. Interestingly, I came across this cable dated December 2, 1977, showing that the State Department blamed IPPL for India’s historic ban on the export of its native…

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Welcome to the 2014 Animal Rights National Conference

By Shirley / July 25, 2014 / Comments Off on Welcome to the 2014 Animal Rights National Conference

 Every year, the Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) holds a conference. The program is not limited to issues directly impacting farm animals, however, but also includes discussions of experimentation, the civil rights of activists, and many other topics. IPPL has been a sponsor of this important conference for a number of years and once again…

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At the Animal Rights National Conference 2014

By Shirley / July 18, 2014 /

Each year since 2009, IPPL has been represented at the Animal Rights National Conference, which has been organized in various formats since the 1980s by the Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), led by Dr. Alex Hershaft. The conference currently alternates between Los Angeles and Washington, DC. This year’s conference was held in Los Angeles. IPPL…

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A tribute to Cyril Rosen

By Shirley / April 10, 2014 / Comments Off on A tribute to Cyril Rosen

The late Cyril Rosen MBE was the man behind IPPL (UK), which flourished well over three decades from the time he established the British branch of IPPL in 1976. He passed away on December 21, 2013, at the age of 86.   Photo of Cyril in Basel, © Howard Rosen   According to his obituary…

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Remembering the Taiping Four gorilla case

By Shirley / November 15, 2013 /

Every two years IPPL holds a conference for our supporters, and we bring in speakers working for primates around the world. In 2002, our meeting was held at IPPL Headquarters March from 22 to 24. I thought you might like to know how a “tip-off” led to a long investigation that had worldwide ripples. The…

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Primate friends old and new at the animal rights conference!

By International Primate Protection League / July 12, 2013 / Comments Off on Primate friends old and new at the animal rights conference!

It was our one chance this year to meet hundreds of animal-friendly people of all ages from across the nation and beyond—all at one convenient venue. This year’s Animal Rights National Conference (AR2013, organized by the Farm Animal Rights Movement) was held again in Washington, DC. Unlike last year, though, no other animal group is…

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Hanging out with orangutan advocates

By International Primate Protection League / June 21, 2013 /

Three orangutan activists stopped in the South Carolina Lowcountry this past Wednesday as part of their world tour on behalf of the great red ape. A small but enthusiastic group of primate supporters braved the late afternoon thunderstorms and flooding in downtown Charleston to “Hang Out for Orangutans.” Our three guest speakers, who collectively have…

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Hang out for orangutans!

By International Primate Protection League / June 3, 2013 / Comments Off on Hang out for orangutans!

If you’re going to be in the Charleston area on June 19, I hope you’ll join us for the Hang Out for Orangutans World Tour! We are pleased to host a trio of orangutan experts who will draw on their decades of expertise to give an illustrated lecture on the conservation crisis facing the great…

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Malaysia’s monkey war: Take action!

By Shirley / March 22, 2013 /

Nearly 100,000 free-living long-tailed macaque monkeys have been killed per year in Malaysia, during 2011 and 2012. And the extermination is continuing. This massive “culling” has been conducted by Malaysia’s own Department of Wildlife and National Parks. Please protest this horrifying and inhumane assault on Malaysia’s monkeys! (See below.) A friend of Malaysia’s monkeys confirmed for…

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Barbary macaques, Africa’s own snow monkeys

By International Primate Protection League / February 1, 2013 /

When you see pictures of monkeys frolicking in the snow, you’re usually looking at photos of Japanese macaques. The species is famous for taking a break from the winter’s cold by basking in natural hot springs. Now Keri Cairns, IPPL’s roving representative zoologist, introduces us to Africa’s version of the snow monkey. Barbary macaques, too,…

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Advice for travelers to Marrakech

By International Primate Protection League / January 25, 2013 / Comments Off on Advice for travelers to Marrakech

IPPL’s favorite investigative zoologist and photojournalist Keri Cairns is in Morocco this month, and he is bringing us on-the-ground reports about that country’s native Barbary macaques. And this important advice:    “If you do visit Marrakech, please don’t pose for a photo with the monkeys. It’s one of the many problems they face that is helping…

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Free the Animals 2012

By International Primate Protection League / November 2, 2012 / Comments Off on Free the Animals 2012

“Ask not what primates can do for you, ask what you can do for primates.”   Shirley tweaked a classic line from President Kennedy in her main presentation on the primate trade at an animal rights conference in Saint Louis, Missouri, last weekend.   [field name = “shirleys-saen-presentation-re-trade”]   The “Free the Animals” conference in the…

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A voice for primates at national animal conferences

By International Primate Protection League / August 8, 2012 / Comments Off on A voice for primates at national animal conferences

Part of being a voice for the world’s overlooked primates means searching out sympathetic hearts and minds. The past two weekends, IPPL staff and volunteers have been spreading the word about primates as victims of trafficking and abuse at two major animal rights conferences, both held in Washington, D.C.: Taking Action for Animals (TAFA), sponsored…

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