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Results International Primate Protection League Mission Vision “Beanie” photo courtesy Alison Spalter
Our Programs The Need Vision/Mission IPPL History
“We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.” -William Ralph Inge, Outspoken Essays, 1922
1950s and 1960s - Before IPPL Wild rhesus macaques in India decimated due to medical research. U.S. military experiments on monkeys. Until the Endangered Species Act (1969), there was little legislation or international regulation and oversight. Important facts about primates were just barely coming to light. Jane Goodall: chimpanzees could make tools. Harry Harlow: infant monkeys went insane without maternal contact. Dian Fossey: studied mountain gorillas in Rwanda.
Shirley McGreal & IPPL Moved to Thailand in 1971. Encountered monkeys at Bangkok airport. Two gibbons from neighbors. U.S. military’s gibbon lab to study cholera and heartworms in dogs. Founded International Primate Protection League in 1973.
Vision IPPL “As long as there are poachers, animal smugglers, and research laboratories, compassionate people need to work together to make the world a safer place for primates.” — Shirley McGreal,Founder
Vision … A world where primates live and flourish in their native habitats, untouched by human cruelty, negligence and greed.
Mission To keep primates SAFE by promoting the conservation and protection of all nonhuman primates around the world, including apes, monkeys, and lemurs.
IPPL Today 15,000 concerned citizens and donors worldwide. Headquartered in Summerville, South Carolina with UK branch. 31 field representatives in 26 countries. Expert Volunteer Advisory Board. Actively engaged volunteer advocates and workers worldwide. IPPL efforts have resulted in hundreds of thousands of primate lives being saved.
The Need IPPL The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?” -Jeremy Bentham, English Philosopher, 1777
Myths & Realities MYTHS REALITIES The bushmeat trade is traditional subsistence hunting in countries that have no other options. Primates make cute pets. Laboratories need to study primates for beneficial research to humans. Laboratory animals are treated humanely. Primates only live in jungles far away from humans. Zoos are safe havens for wild animals. It’s a largely unsustainable practice for urban-based luxury markets. Primates are unsuitable as pets and may become dangerous as they mature. Technology and improved research techniques are making this unnecessary. The isolation and maltreatment in labs often results in self-injurious behaviors and death. Primate/human conflicts are on the rise as humans encroach on primate habitats. For every high quality zoo, there are many more zoos providing substandard housing and conditions for all animals.
The Need… …For Conservation Primates disappearing at alarming rate. Every primate species is listed on CITES. All apes, all lemurs, and many monkeys on list reserved for the most endangered species. …For Prevention of Abuse Disappearing at the hands of poachers, smugglers, and in labs. Many countries use primates as research subjects. No other group works exclusively to protect all primates.
Primates At Risk Smuggling Rainforests are being destroyed Bushmeat trade threatening survival Laboratory experimentation continues
Our Programs IPPL “IPPL faces the particular challenge of the illegal capture and trade in primates. This is a very dangerous business and it takes real courage to collect evidence, track smugglers and bring illegal dealers to justice. I only hope that IPPL will continue to raise the funds needed to keep up, and hopefully to increase, its good work in the future." — Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Sanctuary Advocacy Financial Support Education Keeping Primates SAFE
IPPL: Our Work for SAFE Primates SANCTUARY for Gibbons Staying prepared for incoming gibbons – currently house 29 with capacity for 50. ADVOCACY for All Primates Responding to critical emergencies involving primate abuse, and investigation of allegations of illegal trade. Working for stricter enforcement and better funding for all laws and treaties protecting primates. FINANCIAL SUPPORT for Grassroots Organizations Increasing funding to support overseas primate rescue centers and sanctuaries. EDUCATION for People of All Nations Educating worldwide about the importance of primate protection.
IPPL Programs – Sanctuary for Gibbons Only gibbon sanctuary in the U.S. Space for up to 50 gibbons Many obtained from research laboratories or defunct zoos Others are discarded pets
IPPL Programs - Advocacy Exposing primate smuggling and abuse through studying import records and infiltration of animal traders. Campaigning, e.g. for the imprisonment of Mathew Block for the international smuggling of six baby orangutans. Monitoring importing countries. IPPL Field Representatives work to create and preserve national parks and sanctuaries, and advocate for bans on primate hunting, trapping, and trade. Members also monitor the conditions of zoo and laboratory primates in their localities.
Highland Farm, Thailand Limbe Wildlife Center, Cameroon Lola ya Bonobo, Congo Tacugama, Sierra Leone Kalaweit, Borneo Helping Other Primate Sanctuaries IPPL Programs – Financial Support
IPPL Programs - Education IPPL Newsletter On-site educational programs Speaking engagements Biennial members’ meetings IPPL's educational efforts have led many countries to ban or restrict primate trade and to protect primate habitats.
IPPL - Summary Sanctuary - Summerville, South Carolina Public awareness campaigns Overseas financial assistance Logistical and advisory support Investigate illegal primate trafficking
A Day At IPPL Starts Early 7:32 a.m. Breakfast Prep 8:02 a.m. Cuddling and Playing 8:31 a.m. Swinging and Singing 9:06 a.m. Cleaning House
Things Heat Up Mid-Day 9:48 a.m. Upcoming Newsletter 10:46 a.m. Phone Tip – Roadside Zoo 12:17 p.m. Shirley gets an e-mail from Saudi Arabia
Late Afternoon & Evening – Still Going Strong 4:19 p.m. Wire Transfer 5:48 p.m. Indoor Time 6:07 p.m. IPPL E-mail Alert
Accomplishments IPPL “Whatever would the primates of the world do without you? Love, Dian” -Letter from Dian Fossey to Shirley McGreal Oct. 17, 1985
Major Accomplishments – 1970s 1974: Exposed Thai smuggling network. 1975: Organized Project Bangkok Airport. 1976: Uncovered and closed “The Singapore Connection.” 1977: Exposed Rhesus monkeys cruelty in India. 1978: IPPL protests Dr. Christian Barnard’s chimpanzee heart transplant. 1979: Protested misuse of Bangladesh monkeys.
Major Accomplishments – 1980s 1980-1982: Exposed U.S. military experiments on primates. 1983-1984: Fought import of 7 wild-caught gorillas from Cameroon. 1985: Malaysian ban on monkey exports. 1986- 1987: Raised funds to continue Dian Fossey’s crusade to protect gorillas from poachers. 1988: Shirley McGreal won the prestigious Marchig Award. 1989: IPPL uncovered "The Polish Connection.”
Major Accomplishments – 1990s 1990: Smuggling of 6 baby orangutans from Bangkok. Jailing of German gorilla smuggler Walter Sensen. 1992: Matthew Block indicted for smuggling the 6 baby orangutans and later sent to prison. Shirley McGreal was chosen for United Nations Global 500 Honor Roll. 1994: Confiscated 9 chimpanzees in pet shops in Saudi Arabia. 1995: Uncovered a Pakistani gang smuggling gorillas. 1996-1998: Raised over $35,000 to support Limbe Sanctuary in Cameroon. 1997: Began campaign against illegal shipments of baby monkeys from Indonesia to Chicago. 1999: Joined forces with Indonesian group ProFauna.
Recent Accomplishments 2000: Investigated a shipment of colobus monkeys smuggled from Tanzania to Thailand. 2001: International protest of drowning by Egyptian authorities of a baby gorilla and baby chimpanzee. 2002: Led to the confiscation of 4 Nigerian baby gorillas in Malaysia. Received grant from Arcus Foundation. 2003: Supported Nigerian Presidential panel, and increased assistance to many overseas activist groups and rescue centers. Celebrated 30 th Anniversary. 2004-2005: Investigated smuggling of orangutans to Thai Safari Park for “kick-boxing” shows for tourists. Shirley McGreal honored with ChevronTexaco Conservation Award.
Fund Our Work Annual Support Make a Tax-Deductible Gift Workplace Giving Leave a Legacy for Primates Grassroots Ideas: Garage Sale or House Party Special Collection at Place of Worship Donate Your eBay Proceeds Donate Frequent Flier Miles Adopt-A-Gibbon
Adopt-A-Gibbon Program In exchange for your donation of $25 monthly for at least 6 months you will receive: A signed Certificate of Gibbon Guardianship A large glossy photograph of your gibbon A biography/history of your gibbon An IPPL sanctuary fact sheet A gibbon fact sheet A gibbon refrigerator magnet A quarterly update on your gibbon An IPPL T-shirt featuring several of our gibbons This is an unusual and exciting gift for friends and family of any age!