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As the years pass, courts are moving closer and closer to recognizing the importance of protecting chimpanzees, who are so much like us, not least of all in their ability to suffer. However, there is much work to be done for those who still live lonely lives in painful isolation.

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  • Last month, the "autobiography" of Cheeta, Tarzan's simian sidekick, was nominated for the esteemed Man Booker Prize. Meanwhile, paparazzi were hitting the pavement to track down the one-time celebrity chimpanzee Bubbles, to see what had become of him in his life after Michael Jackson.

  • For most "retired" chimpanzees, however, life is far from glamorous. Too strong and aggressive to continue to be forced to perform or to live with human families once they reach maturity, many are destined for pathetic roadside zoos. Such was the historic case of Barney, a chimpanzee who lived in isolation at the Long Island Game Farm Park and Zoo, where he languished on the cement floor of a cage with nothing but a swing to distract him, day in and day out. In a landmark lawsuit in 1996, the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the United States Department of Agriculture for failing to protect primates like Barney, in violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act. A judge ordered the USDA to address the psychological well-being of primates in captivity.

  • As the years pass, courts are moving closer and closer to recognizing the importance of protecting chimpanzees, who are so much like us, not least of all in their ability to suffer. However, there is much work to be done for those who still live lonely lives in painful isolation. Please, oppose the exploitation of chimpanzees on the silver screen, as so many of them are destined to grow old in stark cages. And visit www.aldf.org, for more information about how to keep pushing our legal system to protect our closest relatives.

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