Friday, June 03, 2005

'My mate's a Primate' campaign begins

Toto, a circus chimp who was rescued by Animal Defenders International, and is now making pancakes at IHOP

Wildlife conservation group Animal Defenders International (ADI) has launched a new campaign in a drive to abolish the worldwide trades posing an increasing threat to the survival of monkeys and apes in the wild.

Aimed at raising public awareness of the dangers facing primates, the campaign, 'My mate's a Primate' was launched on June 2 at the Natural History Museum, London.

The new campaign calls for the abolition of the exploitation of primates in the entertainment industry, the use of primates for experimental research and bushmeat, as well as calling for tougher regulations to control the illegal smuggling of wildlife into Europe.

As chimpanzees are humans' closest relatives and share 98 per cent of human genes, Animal Defenders International are appealing to the public to support their demands for the increased protection of primates in order to avert the escalating crisis.

'My Mate's a Primate' has already received strong celebrity support from the likes of Jamiroquai star Jay Kay, television star and comedian Alexei Sayle and BBC Radio 2 presenter Mark Radcliffe.

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