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News Media Articles Involving Non-human Primates 2024

The following are articles about non-human primates reported in the news media. Those involving Action for Primates are indicated.

See elsewhere for non-human primates in the news from other years.

Although an article may be posted here, it does not mean that Action for Primates agrees with any statements made or situations depicted. It should be clear that we are unequivocally opposed to keeping non-human primates in captivity.

See separate page on injuries caused by keeping non-human primates in captivity.


2024-06-12: Georgia residents are fighting efforts to build a massive monkey-breeding facility in their city Kayla Steinberg NBC News accessed 2024-06-14
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2024-06-11: Monkey torture video accused woman granted bail Susie Rack and Matthew Cooper BBC News accessed 2024-06-11
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2024-06-11: Woman accused of monkey torture videos granted conditional bail Matthew Cooper Independent accessed 2024-06-11
2024-06-11: Around 200 African Green Monkeys damaging crops in Antigua and Barbuda Associates Times accessed 2024-06-14
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2024-06-07: 30 Monkeys killed mercilessly by unidentified individuals in Chikkamagaluru; Sparks outrage Vartha Bharati accessed 2024-06-09
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2024-06-07: Cincinnati man charged for torture, abuse of monkeys for 'animal crush' videos Felicia Jordan WCPO 9 Cincinnati accessed 2024-06-08
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2024-06-05: Facebook Is a Hub for Animal Torture Videos, Where Crypto Buys Cruelty Irwin, Kate PC Mag accessed 2024-06-06
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2024-06-05: Fair 2024: Monkey around at the El Dorado County Fair Mountain Democrat accessed 2024-06-12
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2024-05-29: Missing Macaque Shot And Killed Will Folks Fits News accessed 2024-05-30
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2024-05-25: A pet primate is on the loose in South Carolina Rebekah Riess, Zoe Sottile and Sharif Paget CNN US accessed 2024-05-26
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2024-05-24: 'Do not approach': Monkey on the loose in SC town Fox Carolina accessed 2024-05-25
2024-05-20: How much harm is plastic waste doing to macaques? Anonymous University of Portsmouth accessed 2024-05-22
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2024-05-17: Biologists raise concerns over vervet monkey TikTok star Bridgette Matter Local 10.com accessed 2024-05-18
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2024-05-14: [No Place For Monkey Torturing Psychopaths] Garda Animalia accessed 2024-05-16
Contains interview, in English, with Sarah Kite, Action for Primates co-founder
2024-05-13: Ohio man pleads guilty to making and sharing videos of monkey torture Dan Gooding Independent accessed 2024-05-14
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2024-05-10: [More masterminds behind the global network of monkey torture groups] Miriam GardaAnimalia.com accessed 2024-05-12
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2024-05-09: British Woman Pleads Guilty in Shocking Global Monkey Torture Network Case Sparke, Trinity One Green Planet accessed 2024-05-10
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2024-05-09: Perhilitan: Monkey business tops list of complaints in Johor The Star accessed 2024-05-18
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2024-05-07: Woman admits role in monkey torture network where animals were put in blenders Davies, Brooke Metro accessed 2024-05-07
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2024-05-07: Kidderminster woman pleads guilty to role in monkey torture network Lawson, Eleanor ; Gunter, Joel and Henschke, Rebecca BBC News accessed 2024-05-07
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2024-05-03: Monkey business at care home's birthday party Andrew Dawkins BBC News accessed 2024-05-16
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Not only cruel keeping of monkeys in captivity, irresponsible exposure of people to potential serious injury.
2024-05-02: Thai-US Seizes 48 Lemurs and 1,076 Tortoises from Wildlife Trafficking Ring Khaosod English accessed 2024-05-17
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2024-05-01: CT senator among lawmakers to introduce proposal to ban private owning of primates Rob Polansky Eyewitness News 3 accessed 2024-05-02
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2024-04-30: 'Torture King' pleads guilty to producing, distributing 'sadistic' animal torture videos Foster Meyerson 3 WTKR accessed 2024-05-01 08:16:39
2024-04-30: Chesapeake man pleads guilty to producing and distributing sadistic animal torture videos US DOJ accessed 2024-05-01 08:14:51d
2024-04-28: Pera vets successfully insert contraceptive loop in monkey Senaratne, L.B. The Sunday Times accessed 2024-04-29
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2024-04-19: Portrait of the apes: Monkey takes a selfie with stunned British tourists (but all is not as it seems) James Reynolds Mail Online accessed 2024-04-21
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Incredibly stupid thing for people to do.
2024-04-16: 3 little spider monkeys saved from getting smuggled into Texas Ariana Garcia Chron accessed 2024-04-17
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2024-04-11: Urgent Call to Halt Cruel Importation of Long-Tailed Macaques for Research Sparke, Trinity One Green Planet accessed 2024-04-12
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2024-04-10: Wildlife trafficker nabbed with protected macaques in Narathiwat ASEAN NOW accessed 2024-04-13
2024-04-09: 5 monkeys found hidden under passenger seat of truck driven by alleged smuggler ABC News accessed 2024-04-12
2024-04-09: Cruelty for clicks: Cambodia is investigating YouTubers' abuse of monkeys at the Angkor UNESCO site Rising, David AP accessed 2024-04-10
2024-04-05: Hong Kongers warned about wild monkeys Bangkok Post accessed 2024-04-06
2024-04-05: No more monkey business: Thai city's macaques to be put in enclosures Rebecca Ratcliffe The Guardian accessed 2024-04-06
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2024-04-03: Exposure of Twisted Global Monkey Torture Network Leads to Several Arrests Kauppila, Ile Oddee accessed 2024-04-06
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2024-03-27: Cambodian monkey exports to Canada for lab tests are surging, fueling health concerns Delgado, Anton L. and Cribb, Robert Southeast Asia Globe accessed 2024-03-28
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2024-03-26: US DOJ acquits Kry Masphal in alleged monkey-smuggling case Koemsoeun, Soth Khmer Times accessed 2024-03-26
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2024-03-25: [Animal Protection Coalition Concerns Capture of Long-Tailed Monkeys Triggers Zoonotic Diseases] Hasyim, Irsyan tempo.co accessed 2024-03-26
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2024-03-25: [Global Animal Protection Coalition Urges KLHK to Stop Exports of Long-Tailed Monkeys] Hasyim, Irsyan tempo.co accessed 2024-03-26
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2024-03-25: Panchayat staffers wear gorilla costumes to scare monkeys away from Telangana fields B Satyanarayana Reddy The New Indian Express accessed 2024-03-25
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2024-03-24: Macaque imports into Canada for lab tests are surging — and so are concerns these endangered animals may be harboring dangerous pathogens Cribb, Robert Toronto Star accessed 2024-03-25
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2024-03-23: Thai police arrest man for selling protected langurs on Facebook Connor, Mitch Thaiger accessed 2024-03-24
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2024-03-22: Woman arrested at U.S.-Mexico border for smuggling 6 live monekys in her purse Spectrum News 1 accessed 2024-03-23
2024-03-22: CBP officers, agriculture specialists intercept six monkeys at Veterans International Bridge U.S. Customs and Border Protection accessed 2024-03-23
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2024-03-22: [990 Long-Tailed Monkeys from Indonesia Exported to the United States, Are There Any from the Mount Ciremai Habitat?] Masum, Naufal radarkuningan.com accessed 2024-03-23
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2024-03-22: Two women charged in monkey torture case West Mercia Police accessed 2024-03-23
2024-03-20: The pet primate trade in the U.S. Open Access Government accessed 2024-05-03
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2024-03-18: Illegal sale of monkey over Craigslist sends Houston woman to prison Department of Justice accessed 2024-03-19
2024-03-18: Illegal sale of Spider Monkey on Craigslist leads to prison sentence for Houston woman Michael Horton Click 2 Houston accessed 2024-03-19
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2024-03-14: Peru's illegal pet monkey trade is also an infection superhighway Carla Ruas Mongabay accessed 2024-03-15
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2024-03-14: 'Artificial feeding to monkeys can disrupt ecosystem', wildlife experts warn tourists Anonymous Geo News accessed 2024-03-15
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2024-03-12: Exterminate all the green monkeys? Barbados Today accessed 2024-03-13
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2024-03-11: [Indonesia Reportedly Exports 1,400 Wild-Caught Monkeys to America in 2023] Hasyim, Irsyan tempo.co accessed 2024-03-11
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2024-03-10: [Indonesia Exports 1,402 Wild Monkeys to the US in 2023] Aditya GardaAnimalia.com accessed 2024-03-11
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2024-03-07: Impunity for Cambodia's exotic pet owners as trade outpaces legislation Gerald Flynn and Nehru Pry Mongabay accessed 2024-03-11
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2024-03-06: ORGANISED HUNT Barbados Today accessed 2024-03-06
2024-03-05: 2 monkeys intercepted at Texas port of entry; HSI Rio Grande Valley, US Fish and Wildlife Service initiate criminal investigation U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement accessed 2024-03-09
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2024-03-05: New Hampshire Lawmakers Unanimously Reject Bill to Permit Kangaroos, Monkeys as Pets Leira Aquino HNGN accessed 2024-03-06
2024-03-05: New Hampshire Bill to Permit Kangaroos, Monkeys as Pets Faces Unanimous Rejection Safak Costu BNN accessed 2024-03-06
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2024-03-03: [Controversial project to breed monkeys in Le Val: Shafeek Jhummun does not drop ground] Hilbert, Patrick Defimedia.info accessed 2024-03-03
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2024-03-02: Exclusive: Fears proposal for £320million 'deadly' 30,000 monkey farm will 'ignite next global pandemic' Liam Buckler Mirror accessed 2024-03-02
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2024-03-01: [The United States Imported 1,402 Wild Monkeys from Indonesia Last Year] Wicaksono, Raden Ariyo Betahita accessed 2024-03-02
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2024-02-28: Climate change could cause 'generational trauma' in great apes Anand Ram CBC accessed 2024-02-29
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2024-02-28: Primates: New rules make it harder to keep them as pets Ali Abbas Ahmadi & Helen Catt BBC News accessed 2024-02-29
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2024-02-28: [Animal cruelty: the exploitation of monkeys in Mauritius in the sights of NGOs] Chatelet, Emilie clicanoo accessed 2024-02-29
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2024-02-28: [Cruelty to animals: Action for Primates evokes a 27% increase in monkey exports] Hilbert, Patrick Defimedia.info accessed 2024-02-29
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2024-02-23: [Baby Monkey Torture Content Producer in West Kalimantan Arrested] Wicaksono, Raden Ariyo Betahita accessed 2024-02-23
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2024-02-21: Macaque seized from online wildlife seller Wongsathorn Pungsriwanich Bangkok Post accessed 2024-02-22
2024-02-20: Proposed megafacility to breed monkeys in U.S. dismays activists and neighbors but excites scientists Sara Reardon Science accessed 2024-02-22
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2024-02-20: Feds fine Everett test lab for alleged animal welfare violations Janice Podsada HeraldNet accessed 2024-02-21
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2024-02-17: [Short Lifespan of Long-Tailed Monkeys] Sari, Amelia Rahima Interaktif accessed 2024-02-17
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2024-02-16: Plan for US 'mini-city' of 30,000 monkeys for medical research faces backlash Oliver Milman The Guardian accessed 2024-02-18
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2024-02-16: Controversial plan for large monkey farm in Mauritius The Animal Reader accessed 2024-02-17
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2024-02-15: BAS, hunters welcome bigger bounty for green monkeys Shamar Blunt Barbados Today accessed 2024-02-16
2024-02-15: Monkey breeders sue Georgia county officials after they peel away tax benefits for new facility Sam Sachs WSB-TV 2 Atlanta accessed 2024-02-16
2024-02-13: NEW DETAILS: Decatur Co. commissioners vote to take back support from monkey breeding facility project Lenah Allen WALB 10 News accessed 2024-02-16
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2024-02-13: 15,000 Monkeys: Outrage Over Proposed Farm in Mauritius News Moris Editor News Moris accessed 2024-02-14
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2024-02-12: [Latest news after more than a year of investigation into the monkey torture group revealed] Aditya GardaAnimalia.com accessed 2024-02-18
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2024-02-12: [Regarding the Monkey Torture Case, Sarah Kite: Social Media Must Be Responsible] Aditya GardaAnimalia.com accessed 2024-02-18
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2024-02-09: German zoo sparks outrage with plans to cull some of its 45-strong tribe of baboons and feed them to captive predators after contraception failed to stop the primates breeding Kuepper, Miriam Mail Online accessed 2024-02-10
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2024-02-09: [Selling Monkey Torture Content, Man from Singkawang Arrested by Police] Bayu Nanda Gardaanimalia.com accessed 2024-02-10
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2024-02-05: [Export: a breeding farm for 12,000 monkeys planned in Le Val] Patrick Hilbert Defimedia.info accessed 2024-02-06
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2024-02-02: Monkey Attacks Recently Observed in Japan, Thailand, India; What Is Making These Primates Aggressive? Stacy, Kendra The Science Times accessed 2024-02-03
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Irrespective of location or species, a huge contributing factor to monkey attacks or bites is over-habituation. Habituation refers to the process that animal researchers use to gain the trust of animals so that they can record or follow animal behavior. In such cases, the presence of researchers leads to limited impacts.

However, it is possible for animals to be unintentionally habituated. When animals stop fearing humans and end up becoming nuisances, they become over-habituated. In almost all over-habituation cases, the primary factor is human food. Wildlife may find human food irresistible. This food is easy to digest, dense in nutrients, and can be found in unattended backpacks or trash bins.

From an ecological standpoint, animals have reasons to maximize this resource of high quality. Hence, it is not surprising that animals would modify their fears and behaviors in order to adjust.
2024-02-01: Inside Elon Musk's Neuralink lab where 1,500 animals have been killed and test monkeys were subjected to 'extreme suffering' author(s) Mail Online accessed 2024-02-04
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2024-02-01: [Emergency status of long-tailed monkeys and macaques] Kennial Laia Betahita accessed 2024-02-03
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2024-02-01: Smoked monkey and whole sharks: the suitcase smugglers feeding Europe's hunger for bushmeat Phoebe Weston The Guardian accessed 2024-02-02
2024-01-31: The US uses endangered monkeys to test drugs. This law could free them. Martindale, Dayton Vox accessed 2024-02-01
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2024-01-31: Human contact with macaques increases virus risk: report Yu-hao, Ko and Chung, Jake Taiwan News accessed 2024-02-01
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2024-01-28: [Photo: Action against Monkey Trading in the Capital City] Oleh Agus Priatna inilah.com accessed 2024-01-29
2024-01-28: Watch: Escaped monkey spotted in Highland village BBC News accessed 2024-01-29
2024-01-28: Escaped UK monkey spotted stealing nuts in man's garden and climbing onto sauna Ryan Merrifield Mirror accessed 2024-01-29
2024-01-19: A rare glimpse of the swimming macaque wins 2023 Ocean Art contest Dunja Djudjic D|Y Photography accessed 2024-01-20
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2024-01-18: Baby monkeys rescued in Chile CTV News accessed 2024-01-19
2024-01-18: Plan for $400 million monkey-breeding facility in southwest Georgia draws protest ABC News accessed 2024-01-18
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2024-01-16: Residents speak out against new Bainbridge monkey facility Savannah Kelley WCTV Eyewitness News accessed 2024-01-18
2024-01-12: Illegal online trade of exotic pets running wild Sivanisvarry Morhan The Sun accessed 2024-01-13
2024-01-10: Oregon Man Guilty for Animal Crushing, Torture and Murder of Monkeys The Ashland Chronicle accessed 2024-01-12
2024-01-09: 'Escaped monkey' seen wandering around Gloucestershire village Lauren Beavis and Phil Norris GloucestershireLive accessed 2024-01-11
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2024-01-03: Primate facility proposal rankles Brazoria County residents Michael Marks Texas Standard accessed 2024-01-04
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2024-01-02: Monkey business: Furious neighbors slam plans for research center housing 43,000 primates next to their Texas properties James Gordon Mail Online accessed 2024-01-04
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