Ep.#113: Save The Chimps.org’s Jen Feuerstein, discusses why that big smile on the face of chimps in movies is not what you think, the PTSD connection between chimps and military vets, and why you should rethink that “sanctuary” you may be supporting




Jen Feuerstein is the sanctuary director of the Save The Chimps organization. Jen joins us to discuss how the chimps of STC were rescued from a major animal testing facility in New Mexico, the truth behind the use of chimps in the entertainment and advertising industry, why that “sanctuary” you are donating to, may not be a “true” sanctuary, the misconceptions of the subject of chimps sharing 98.6% of human DNA, the connection of PTSD in chimps & military vets, as well as the following:


  • What exactly is Save The Chimps all about & how did Jen get involved with the organizations
  • Why is having chimps as the central figure in entertainment/acting & even “greeting cards” not a great idea
  • What is the “reasoning” behind using chimps for laboratory research & why this is an outdated excuse
  • What is a typical day at the chimp sanctuary like & why is it a place even a human would love to live
  • Jen explains why the chimp sanctuary is “not” open to the public & why any reputable animal sanctuary should follow suit
  • Why & how do the chimps at the STC sanctuary identify with or as human beings
  • Is there ever a situation when it is a good idea for a human to take a chimp in as a pet or for entertainment & why
  • Why that giant “smile” you see on a chimp’s face, especially in entertainment or on greeting cards doesn’t mean what you think
  • What safety parameters are set in place to protect the chimps, their caregivers, as well as prevent chimp escapes
  • Jen describes how she & her staff had to break protocol & have physical interactions with a chimp named Scarlet, who suffered from a traumatic spinal injury & how it helped her recover
  • Find out how you can become a supporter of the chimps of STC & why you will want to 
  • What is STC’s protocol for their chimp residents and staff, during hurricanes
  • How can you make sure that any “sanctuary” you support is indeed a genuine reputable sanctuary worthy of your donations & support
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