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from the Animal Defenders

March 17, 2017 Leave a comment

What a difference a week has made for spider monkey Zumba! ​

A week ago today, we were tracking a circus around the capital city of Peru, Lima, following confirmation that a monkey had been seen. This is in violation of Peru’s ban on animal circuses and their new animal welfare act. 

Since we seized the animals from Peru’s circuses and relocated them, we and our supporters and partner organisations in Peru have been alert to anyone breaking the law. We had to make sure circuses knew there would be penalties if they used animals again. So, as we continued to track the circus, a flurry of calls and plans were made with government officials and on Sunday we moved in, alongside wildlife officers and police. That was Zumba’s last day in the circus.

The owner of the circus was arrested and will be prosecuted. It was important to show Peru will have zero tolerance for the use of wild animals in circuses, and of course, sweet Zumba is our 110th rescued animal during this whole operation.​

In the first instance, Zumba was taken into temporary custody in a zoo, although under ADI’s care (our own temporary custody centre has now been dismantled). The ADI team enriched the enclosure and gave him lots of attention, and he has clearly been enjoying himself swinging around on the ropes!

Before Zumba could be moved to his permanent home at our sanctuary partner where we have Pepe and the other monkeys, our veterinary team sedated him and performed a full examination, samples taken for testing, as well as neutering him to prevent breeding. The new animal protection legislation also requires specific new permits and tests to be carried out to ensure the health of the animals at his new home.

With your help we will be taking Zumba back to the Amazon forest where he will be carefully introduced to Pepe and our other rescued spider monkeys. Zumba will be a perfect addition to their family!

We will be flying Zumba to Iquitos and then it will be a ride along the river to Pilpintuwasi, to move next door to his new family so that he can get to know them!

Can you help get Zumba home?



Clean meat!

March 17, 2017 Leave a comment

The Thursday March 16 Wall Street Journal, page B3 Business headline reads, “Start-up Serves Chicken from the Lab.” 
The article, by Jacob Bunge, opens with: 

“A Bay Area food-technology startup says it has created the world’s first chicken strips grown from self-reproducing cells without so much as ruffling a feather.

“And the product pretty much tastes like chicken, according to people who were offered samples Tuesday in San Francisco, before Memphis Meat Inc.’s formal unveiling on Wednesday.

“Scientists, startups and animal-welfare activists believe the new product could help to revolutionize the roughly $200 billion US meat industry. Their goal: Replace billions of cattle, pigs and chickens with animal meat they say can be grown more efficiently and humanely in stainless-steel bioreactor tanks.”

As Uma Valeti, Memphis Meat’s co-founder and CEO, says in the in the accompanying video, “Chicken is the most consumed meat in the United States,” so this is a wonderful breakthrough. 

The accompanying video tells us that Valeti hopes to have the product on the market in 2021!

If you are a Wall Street Journal subscriber, you can read the full article on line at , and if not, you can read the opening but either way, you can WATCH THE VIDEO at that link, which does a better job of telling the story anyway. And please share the link, which includes the video. 

Importantly, if you are excited to see this issue covered in the Wall Street Journal, please share that excitement via a letter to the editor, making any point about the development that moves you. The Wall Street Journal takes letters at 

Always include your full name, address and phone number. 

I send thanks to the Bruce Friedrich of the Good Food Institute ( ) for making sure we saw this article.