National Institutes of Health confirms it will phase out chimpanzee experiments

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

WASHINGTON D.C.––The National Institutes of Health on June 26,  2013 confirmed that it intends to retire about 310 chimpanzees from research use during the next few years,  retaining 50 “if needed for crucial medical studies that could be performed no other way,”  reported Associated Press medical writer Lauran Neergaard. Read more

How a Ruppell’s fox from Kuwait landed in New Jersey

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

FORKED RIVER,  New Jersey––Cleopatra,  a three-legged Ruppell’s fox who survived a dog attack in the Kuwait desert, arrived on June 3,  2013 at the Popcorn Park Zoo,  operated since 1977 by the Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey as a care-for-life sanctuary for wild animals who have become habituated to humans. Read more

People & positions

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

Michael Balls,  a trustee of the Foundation Researching Alternatives to Medical Experiments since 1979 and chair of FRAME since 1981,  retired at the start of June 2013.  Anna Cadogan was named acting chair.  Balls was a cofounder of the European Research Group for Alternatives in Toxicology Testing,  and was first director of the European Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods.  Balls received the first Marchig Animal Welfare Award in 1986,  the Russell & Burch Award from the Humane Society of the U.S. in 1987,  the SmithKline Laboratory Animal Welfare Prize in 1997,  the Michael Kay Award from the Royal SPCA of Britain in 1999,  and was named to the Order of the British Empire in 2002.  FRAME is headquartered in Nottingham,  United Kingdom. Read more

BOOKS—Beg: A radical new way of regarding animals

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

Beg:  A radical new way of regarding animals by Rory Freedman Running Press (2300 Chestnut St.,  Suite 200,  Philadelphia,  PA 19103),  2013. 201 pages,  hardcover.  $18.00.

Beg: a radical new way of regarding animals is an honest,  even blunt look at human relationships with animals.  Rory Freedman shares two adopted dogs with her ex and adopted her own dog named Lucy,  the result of a foster failure.   Read more

Publications: The Endangered Species Act & “Sound Science”

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

The Endangered Species Act & “Sound Science” by M. Lynne Corn,  Kristina Alexander,  & Eugene Buck Congressional Research Service,  2013.  Free download from <>

This 30-page document summarizes controversies over alleged “junk science” used in determining the endangered species status of Canada lynx,  hatchery-raised salmon,  Stellar sea lions,  gray wolves in the eastern states,  and endangered species issues pertaining to climate change.   Read more

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