Action Alerts

Tell NBC to stop exploiting monkeys for entertainment
Some of you may have seen promotions for a new NBC fall premiere called Animal Practice, which features Crystal, an 18-year-old capuchin monkey “actor.” Crystal has been in numerous productions in her lifetime, including the original Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and more recently Hangover II, The Zookeeper, and We Bought a Zoo.
Monkeys used for entertainment are taken from their mothers when they are young, and when they become too old or too big to handle are often discarded at shoddy roadside zoos or pseudo “sanctuaries.” They are highly social beings, who like humans are afflicted by loneliness, boredom, and depression. Life in the entertainment industry completely disregards the need that they have for adequate exercise, natural nourishing diets, and valuable interaction with other monkeys. Though the show doesn’t premiere until fall, NBC is launching a special episode right after the Olympic closing ceremonies on August 12. Don’t watch it!
Please spread the word to your friends and encourage them to boycott this show with you. Let them know that monkeys should not be used in TV and film media, including the reasons listed above. Write to NBC to let them know how you feel, and post on the Animal Practice Facebook page, too. Post on Twitter that you won’t be watching this show and be sure to include the hashtag #AnimalPractice. Ask your friends to share and re-tweet!
Most importantly, email the Chairman if NBC, Bob Greenblatt, to tell him how you feel:

Sample email (re-write in your own words for greater impact):
I am seriously disappointed in NBC’s decision to premise a show on a capuchin monkey. You should know that Crystal and other monkeys used in entertainment are denied the proper socialization, nutrition, and exercise they need. They are taken from their mothers and discarded at shoddy roadside zoos when they are no longer needed. Have you considered Crystal’s future well-being? In addition, forcing monkeys to wear clothes and “smile” showing all their teeth is not natural and certainly not funny! Monkeys show all their teeth when they are frightened, which indicates that they’ve likely been abused during training. You are exploiting Crystal for your own profits and this is unacceptable business practice. I won’t be watching your show, and I will tell all my friends not to either.



Ask Harvard to Release its Endangered Cotton-top Tamarins to Sanctuaries
Ask interim director of Harvard’s New England Primate Research Center R. Paul Johnson, M.D., to release the institution’s nearly 170 cotton-top tamarins to sanctuaries or wildlife refuges. We have provided text for you, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging.


R. Paul Johnson
New England Regional Primate Research Center
P.O. Box 9102
1 Pine Hill Drive
Southborough, MA 01772-9102
phone (508) 624-8148
fax (508) 624-8172


Please immediately announce a plan to release Harvard’s cotton-top tamarins to sanctuaries or wildlife refuges.  Cotton-top tamarins are one of the most endangered primate species, with an estimated 6,000 left in the wild today.  Since 2010, two cotton-top tamarins have died at NEPRC due to gross negligence.  In captivity, cotton-top tamarins develop stress-induced conditions that can be reversed in more suitable habitats provided by sanctuaries and wildlife refuges.
I am writing to ask that you set a date for the release of Harvard’s cotton-top tamarin population to sanctuaries or wildlife refuges. Cotton-Top tamarins are critically endangered and don’t fare well in captivity, particularly when they aren’t properly taken care of. The New England Primate Research Center’s past tamarin experiments have been needless. Please announce a plan immediately for retiring these animals and make every effort to send them to sanctuaries or wildlife refuges by the end of 2012.

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Hi, I'm Rachel and I've been active with NARN as long as I've been vegan 13 years! I made the choice to be vegan after learning about what happens to egg laying chickens and dairy cows. I had previously been vegetarian for 7 years because I finally made the connection that beef came from cows and pork came from pigs (duh, I know). I didn't want my food choices to cause the death of an animal. It just seems like common sense to not eat animals if you care at all about animals, the earth or your fellow human beings. I became active with NARN because after I found out about the atrocities happening to animals, I felt that I had to do what I could to help stop these injustices. NARN is local, puts the animals first, and networks with other groups. We aren't worried about getting credit - just helping the animals. One of my favorite quotes is: "I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all." ~ Leo Rosten and "Progress in every age results only from the fact that there are some men and women who refuse to believe that what they know to be right cannot be done." --Russell W. Davenport

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