Updated: Judge’s ruling grants legal right to research chimps

Posted by Eleventh Hour on April 23, 2015

Update, 21 April: Science has learned that the court order referred to in this story has been amended. The words “writ of habeas corpus” have been struck out, suggesting that the court has made no decision on whether Hercules and Leo—two research chimpanzees at Stony Brook University in New York—deserve to be treated as legal persons. The Nonhuman Rights Project has responded to the amendment, stating, “This case is one of a trio of cases that the Nonhuman Rights Project has brought in an attempt to free chimpanzees imprisoned within the State of New York through an ‘Article 70-Habeas Corpus’ proceeding.  These cases are novel and this is the first time that an Order to Show Cause has issued. We are grateful for an opportunity to litigate the issue of the freedom of the chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo, at the ordered May hearing.” Stony Brook has also issued a statement about the case: “The University does not comment on the specifics of litigation, and awaits the court’s full consideration on this matter.” 

Update, 22 April: The court hearing has been moved back from 6 May to 27 May. At that time, the judge will hear legal arguments regarding whether Hercules and Leo should remain at Stony Brook. 

In a decision that seems to recognize chimpanzees as legal persons for the first time, a New York judge today granted a pair of Stony Brook University lab animals the right to have their day in court. The ruling marks the first time in U.S. history that an animal has been covered by a writ of habeas corpus, which typically allows human prisoners to challenge their detention. The judicial action could force the university, which is believed to be holding the chimps, to release the primates, and could sway additional judges to do the same with other research animals.

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Chimpanzees given HUMAN rights: NY judge rules that two primates held at research lab are covered by same laws that govern detention of people

Posted by Eleventh Hour on April 21, 2015

Source: Daily Mail

 

A New York judge has granted two chimpanzees held at a research lab the same rights as human prisoners, after a two year legal battle by an animal rights organization.

The two primates, currently living in a lab at Stony Brook University, are the first animals in history to be covered by a writ of habeas corpus, allowing their detention to be challenged.

A representative of the Long Island university have been ordered to appear in court to respond to a petition by the Nonhuman Rights Project that chimps Hercules and Leo are ‘unlawfully detained.’

Making history: The two chimpanzees, living in a lab at Stony Brook University, Long Island, (not pictured) are the first animals to be granted the same rights as human prisoners.

Making history: The two chimpanzees, living in a lab at Stony Brook University, Long Island, (not pictured) are the first animals to be granted the same rights as human prisoners.

The decision by New York Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe effectively recognizes the chimpanzees as legal humans, the American Association for the Advancement of Science reports.

The lawsuits were originally filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project in December 2013, in an attempt to free Hercules and Leo and two other chimpanzees living on private property.

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A Late Review of “Vegan Nation” by Rick Bogle

Posted by Eleventh Hour on April 14, 2015

“When Peaceful protest becomes impossible, violent revolution becomes inevitable” – John F. Kennedy Jr.

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Torturing vivisectors to death ….  who among us has not fantasized about exacting revenge?!

In 2009, Vegan Nation punctuated the growing frustration shared among activists with an exclamation point! When animal suffering is so extreme and pervasive, when abusers enjoy lucrative rewards, and when all legal recourse proves futile, what is the most effective course of action? Mr. Bogle is clear that he is not advocating violence, but merely presenting a possible future if the current climate persists.

Vivisectors use use sterile and often non-decipherable language to describe the manners in which the brutalize their victims for grant money. Vegan Nation skillfully defines some of the terms when the “research” methods are visited upon their architects. For example, one vivisector has a wire inserted between his anus and penis while he is immobilized in restraints, probably of his own design. The wire receives electrical shocks at timed intervals until the evildoer finally convulses to death. Poetic justice indeed. And Steve, our hero, is just getting started.
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Monkey C-Section Abortions Performed by Non-Veterinarians

Posted by Eleventh Hour on April 11, 2015

Source: Their Turn
by Donny Moss

Primate Products, a monkey breeding company at the center of the MonkeyGate scandal in Hendry County, Florida, assigned invasive surgeries to vet techs instead of veterinarians – in violation of state law. David Roebuck, a former employee at the Florida company, told TheirTurn that vet techs performed C-section abortions on pregnant monkeys so that the company could sell the fetal organs and the mothers’ milk.

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According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), “Veterinary technicians can assist in performing a wide variety of tasks, but they cannot diagnose, prescribe, perform surgery, or engage in any activity prohibited by a state’s veterinary practice act.”

Mr. Roebuck’s account of the surgeries has been corroborated by Wink News, a local TV station that obtained Primate Products’ “Standard Operating Procedure” manual. The manual provides instructions on how to cut open a pregnant monkey and extract the fetus — a tutorial that a licensed and trained veterinarian would not need. When asked by a local reporter, Primate Products president, Thomas Rowell, did not deny the charges. The company has not respond to TheirTurn’s inquiries.

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Queen guitarist Brian May and Yourofsky promote compassion with TV ad!

Posted by Eleventh Hour on March 17, 2015

www.adaptt.org

 

Brian May, guitarist for the legendary rock band Queen), urges people to watch Yourofsky’s life-changing speech about ethical veganism: http://youtube.com/watch?v=U5hGQDLprA8
Yourofsky is the founder of ADAPTT. All of his writings are posted on www.adaptt.org.

Gary Yourofsky is a vegan activist who has given 2,660 lectures to more than 60,000 people at 186 schools in 30 states and several Israeli cities/schools. His lecture has been translated into more than 30 languages for over 10 million YouTube hits.

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Walter Bond Update!

Posted by Eleventh Hour on March 16, 2015

 NIO Editorial: April 16th will be Walter’s birthday again, log on to his support page below and let’s show support with a birthday gift or donation …

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Please write Him and make a Donation Today!

Walter Bond
37096-013
USP Marion
PO Box 1000
Marion IL 62959

WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
3/11/2015 8:23:46 AM
Update

Hello Everybody,
I am no longer in the CMU!!! I have been placed in the general prison population of Marion. Since 2010 I have been in lockdown units no bigger than a few parallel hallways and 3 outdoor cages. Today I will go outside unimpeded and look at the sky without staring at it through a cage.

Abdul Haqq

(going forward, use the same address when sending mail to Walter Bond, minus the “CMU” If you have already sent mail recently to Walter specifying the location “CMU” he will still receive it. The same goes for current magazine/newspaper subscriptions and book orders.)

 

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BREAKING: Federal Investigation of UF’s Illegal Wild Monkey Experiments Demanded

Posted by Eleventh Hour on March 16, 2015

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
March 9, 2015

          Today, Eleventh Hour For Animals has just filed a complaint with the USDA demanding a mandatory Federal investigation into the secret and potentially – illegal “research” to which the University of Florida is subjecting wild monkeys along the Silver River in Marion, Co Florida.
Exclusive images captured by Freelance Photographer Graham McGeorge. and published last month depict a wild macaque with a primitive tracking collar device attached tightly around his neck.
According to  Graham McGeorge, who was able to physically see this monkey, “when I spotted the macaque, he was  distressed and had distanced himself from the troop, he also had deep wounds and cuts to his neck with blood on his chest!”
In the complaint, Eleventh Hour’s Senior Lab Investigator, Karen Kline, states “Rhesus Macaques have lived along the Silver River for nearly 100 years. Yet the attached communications with the Department of Environmental Protection demonstrate that UF has taken the position that, since these primates were trapped and brought to this county almost a century ago as  an “invasive species” they are entitled to no protection. Eleventh Hour maintains that since the disturbed colony of macaques was, in fact, born at Silver River, the latest of many generations must be afforded the same protection as indigenous species. In the State of Florida, experiments on wild animals are illegal. Therefore UF’s “research at Silver River is illegal.”
The University has been less then forthcoming about the exact nature of their interest in the Silver River macaques. Therefore, Eleventh Hour has filed 2 open Records Requests to ascertain the details of the experiments as well as the source of funding. The group filed a further request with Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Department to secure all licences that UF may have purchased over the last 10 years. Ms. Kline goes on to document that, at the very least, the University of Florida had admitted to and supplied Eleventh Hour with proof of their negligence.
“We’ve heard several conflicting accounts from UF and have an example to show here. This first statement was published in the Ocala Post on March 5, 2015, by UF Assistant Vice President Janine Sikes and states “The monkey was observed with her her group, feeding, grooming and behaving normally.”

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The Cost of Doing Business

Posted by Eleventh Hour on March 15, 2015

 

 

UCLA's Vivisector David Jentsch's car burned by dedicated activists March 6, 2009 on Beverly Glen Boulevard in Los Angeles

Vivisector David Jentsch’s car burned by dedicated activists March 6, 2009 on Beverly Glen Boulevard in Los Angeles

 

by The Resistance

For the purpose of this analysis, “business” is defined as any enterprise which exists for the purpose of profiting from the Animal Holocaust. Unlike the Jewish Holocaust which stained Germany during a finite period of war waged by the Nazis, the Animal Holocaust permeates all of society, its purveyors remain largely anonymous, while the scope and depth of atrocities defy quantification.

“War Criminal” is defined as any individual mercenary engaged in said business. For example, in this paradigm, a vivisector is rewarded, both economically and with a façade of respectability, for intentionally and deliberately blinding, poisoning, injecting, mutilating, burning, sickening, maiming, or otherwise torturing their restrained and trembling victims. In the context of war, the concept of what is legal or illegal becomes irrelevant. And just as Josef Mengele was a war criminal in Nazi Germany, we must recognize the crimes of every mercenary engaged in the vile and violent assault on non-human individuals as identical. They are all war criminals engaged in business that shock the conscience …… especially vivisectors.

Absent in history books are any arguments suggesting that Nazi Germany should have been defeated and the Jews liberated through petitions, peaceful and non-confrontational protests, prayer. The reason may be because these ideas are absurd. We wonder how many strongly worded letters were written to Adolf Hitler, politely asking him to mend his ways. We wonder if non-profits sprung up to report human rights violations by Nazis to the Nazi administrators enforcing the Holocaust. Ultimately, however, we wonder why these ineffective courses of action are not only prevalent, but vehemently promotional as the Holy Grail of “strategic” activism when the object is Animal Liberation.

Let’s understand that tactic is neither moral nor immoral and all attempts to debate this issue must be dismissed as irrelevant noise. When negotiating tactics and the strategies within which they are employed, the only constructive discussion we will entertain will resolve solely around effectiveness. But we will not proceed without noting that our community, while adhering to the model discussed above, has repeatedly demonstrated a propensity to criticize progressive activists and condemn revolutionary forms of activism while failing to offer any alternative courses of  action. The subject of movement collaborates and how they serve the interests of the enemy is far too extensive to treat here. But our community should begin to recognize that when the mainstream trumpets in moderation to the detriment of the enslaved,our own “movement” becomes a vehicle to promote the interests of institutional abusers. In no uncertain terms, this is a form of collaboration.
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Once again I ask, Minister of Propaganda who lied to Florida Media, saying they are only exploiting one Wild Monkey!

Posted by Eleventh Hour on March 9, 2015

 

Breaking News:
Documents obtained by 11th hr. prove that UF is conducting research, on at least 8 Wild Monkeys, in the Silver River Park area and these collars are to be left on these monkeys for a time period of 1 year, contrary to the 2 months they want the media to print.
In all actuality, one can clearly view the picture and know the collar was on much longer than “2 months”
Experiments on Wild Animals in Florida is Illegal!
More breaking news to follow as our investigation continues!

 

 

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Ocala photographer believes monkey was harmed by UF researchers

Posted by Eleventh Hour on March 6, 2015

NIO Editorial: Although UF claims their only contact, with this monkey was by a gps satellite for tracking purposes they still claim  “Other than the abrasion caused by the collar, the macaque appeared in good health. The monkey was observed with her group, feeding, grooming, and behaving normally.”
With this,I will add Graham McGeorge’s comment, when he first spotted the monkey on Jan. 31st, 2015 “When I spotted the macaque, he seemed distressed and had distanced himself from the troop, he had deep wounds and cuts to his neck with blood on his chest!”

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Source: Ocala Post

Ocala, Florida — Graham McGeorge has spent the last five years photographing a feral colony of Rhesus Macaques, a type of monkey, along the Silver River in Ocala, Florida. But for the past several weeks he has been looking for answers.

On February 20, Ocala Post was contacted by Karen Kline from Negotiations Are Over, in reference to a particular monkey McGeorge had been photographing.

Kline stated that on January 31, 2015, McGeorge had stumbled upon a monkey wearing a GPS collar, which appeared to be constricting the monkey’s neck and rubbing it raw.

Concerned for the well-being of the monkey, McGeorge said he immediately contacted Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He was then referred to the University of Florida, because that is who placed the tracker on the monkey.

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