International Primate Protection League

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IPPL helps overseas primate sanctuaries and rescue groups, maintains a sanctuary for rescued gibbon apes, and carries out investigations of primate trafficking. Its publication "IPPL News" is published three times a year.

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The International Primate Protection League (IPPL) is an animal rights and welfare organization founded in 1973 in Thailand by Dr. Shirley McGreal, OBE.While IPPL has grown and diversified over the years, the organization's main focus has remained the same since its inception: to promote the conservation and protection around the world of all non-human primates (NHP), including apes, monkeys, and lemurs. Coordinating an international network of 15,000 members, Dr. McGreal and IPPL work to curb illegal primate trafficking, intervene in abusive practices, and encourage the efforts of sanctuaries and protection groups worldwide. England's Prince Philip is among McGreal's and IPPL's most devoted supporters.The organization's main headquarters and gibbon sanctuary was established in the US in Summerville, South Carolina, in 1977. The now disbanded British branch, IPPL-UK, was founded in 1977 by Cyril Rosen. IPPL is currently represented in 31 countries.IPPL's advisory board includes experts from zoology, anthropology, medicine, biology, veterinary medicine, and psychology. Over the years, a number of distinguished individuals have served and continue to serve, including Dame Jane Goodall and the late Dian Fossey. IPPL hosts bi-annual worldwide summits to maintain and promote the cause of animal rights and of the rights of the world's non-human primates in particular.IPPL works in a number of areas. In countries where NHPs live, IPPL helps create and preserve national parks and sanctuaries and lobbies for bans on hunting and trapping. It raises money to fund sanctuaries, including one for gibbons obtained from research laboratories and zoos. In countries that import NHPs, IPPL monitors the trade, and the conditions in which zoo and laboratory NHPs are kept. Over the years, IPPL has exposed illegal animal smuggling rings and poaching operations as well as challenged major universities, corporations, and even the U.S. Military regarding their treatment and use of NHPs.Because of IPPL's dogmatic approach to its mission, it has been the target of a number of lawsuits over the years by Lufthansa, Immuno, and other such large corporate entities. Wikipedia


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