Mother and daughter macaques retired from a lab have been inseparable for decades

By on November 23, 2021 with 0 Comments

When a rhesus macaque named Nanette gave birth to her daughter, Gabby, they were living in a biomedical research laboratory.

In the wild, the daughter macaques typically stay with their mothers their entire lives, but in the laboratory setting it is common practice for baby macaques to be taken away from their moms soon after birth and raised by people to become research subjects.

But something exceptional happened for Nanette and Gabby: They were given a chance to live out their lives together at our sanctuary in Texas, Black Beauty Ranch.

In this new video about this special pair, you can get an inside look at their enduring bond from the perspective of their caregiver, Rebecca Woodward. She is just one of the people who has been watching over Nanette and Gabby, who have spent over two decades at our sanctuary.

Nanette and Gabby retired from the research facility together in 1997, which at that time, was very uncommon for macaques. Their story is a shining example of how Black Beauty Ranch is the living embodiment of our work to protect all animals.

Founded in 1979 by author and animal advocate Cleveland Amory, Black Beauty Ranch is home to domestic and exotic animals saved from crisis situations. Many of these animals were rescued from slaughterhouses, research laboratories and trophy hunting ranches. Others arrived at the sanctuary from roadside zoos or were victims of the exotic pet trade. From bison and cattle to horses and burros, antelope and apes to reptiles and tigers, all these individuals have permanent, safe homes on the ranch’s 1,400+ acres.

As many families across the U.S. prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I’ve been reflecting on what a beautiful story Nanette and Gabby have. I am so deeply thankful that for the services our Black Beauty Ranch provides, creating homes for more than 800 animals, who would otherwise have nowhere to go.

You can help support Black Beauty Ranch by sending the sanctuary something from its wish list.

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Animals are in limbo because U.S. Congress is stalled on funding. Here’s what you can do.

By on November 22, 2021 with 3 Comments
Animals are in limbo because U.S. Congress is stalled on funding. Here’s what you can do.

Right now in Washington, D.C., a single urgent plot line threads together the fate of many animals: wild species threatened by trophy hunting or the commercial wildlife trade, the North Atlantic right whale, the nation’s wild horses, the former research chimpanzees waiting for sanctuary, the . . . 

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Victory! After public outcry, there will be no spring bear hunt in Washington

By on November 19, 2021 with 5 Comments
Victory! After public outcry, there will be no spring bear hunt in Washington

Today, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to set aside the 2022 spring bear hunt! The 4-4 vote means that mother bears and their dependent cubs will be protected from trophy hunting at a time when they are most vulnerable. Bears need time to . . . 

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Americans love black bears—so why do cruel trophy hunts keep happening?

By on November 19, 2021 with 5 Comments
Americans love black bears—so why do cruel trophy hunts keep happening?

This time of year is a special moment in the lives of black bears. After consuming about 20,000 calories and gaining three to five pounds every day during the late summer and early fall, black bears head to their winter dens. Because bears hibernate in . . . 

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Victory! Infrastructure package includes historic wins for wild animals and biodiversity

By on November 18, 2021 with 0 Comments
Victory! Infrastructure package includes historic wins for wild animals and biodiversity

There are few among us who have not been saddened by the demoralizing sight of animals along our roads who have died in vehicle collisions. For anyone who has had this experience or had the heartbreaking misfortune to be involved in such an accident, there’s . . . 

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PuppyFind agrees to pay families who received sick puppies to settle lawsuit

By on November 12, 2021 with 3 Comments
PuppyFind agrees to pay families who received sick puppies to settle lawsuit

When Jaqueline Villegas met her family’s new puppy at Denver International Airport, she knew right away the puppy was not the healthy Shar-Pei she had seen on PuppyFind.com, a huge online marketplace for puppies with over 50,000 puppies listed for sale. PuppyFind is also a . . . 

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Inside our campaign for Proposition 12, the strongest law for farm animals

By on November 12, 2021 with 4 Comments
Inside our campaign for Proposition 12, the strongest law for farm animals

Three years ago this month, something truly extraordinary happened for animals. California’s Proposition 12, the groundbreaking ballot initiative considered the strongest law in the world for farm animals, was voted into law by a wide margin, with more than 7.5 million voters supporting it. We . . . 

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Victory! British Columbia bans mink fur farming

By on November 10, 2021 with 2 Comments
Victory! British Columbia bans mink fur farming

This week, people all over the world are celebrating a landmark decision by the government in British Columbia, Canada, to end mink farming in the province. The measures include a permanent ban on breeding minks and a phase-out of keeping live minks on farms by . . . 

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Breaking: New lawsuit aims to save leopards from American trophy hunters

By on November 9, 2021 with 6 Comments
Breaking: New lawsuit aims to save leopards from American trophy hunters

African leopards are magnificently powerful animals who can take down prey animals ten times their size. But despite their strength, leopards are no match for trophy hunters, who go to great lengths to lure the animals to their deaths and bring back their body parts . . . 

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Video: Moby adds his voice to climate conference—and his message is clear

By on November 5, 2021 with 0 Comments
Video: Moby adds his voice to climate conference—and his message is clear

There’s a chorus of voices calling for changing the conversation around climate change, and now Moby joins Humane Society International in stressing that reforming global food systems simply must be part of these discussions. But at COP26, the United Nations’ international climate change conference happening . . . 

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Undercover investigation exposes where hunting trophies end up

By on November 3, 2021 with 3 Comments
Undercover investigation exposes where hunting trophies end up

American trophy hunters target hundreds of thousands of animals in the U.S. and abroad every year just to display the gruesome keepsakes of their kills. Now, a new undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International reveals where so . . . 

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Big win! 400 communities across the U.S. now stand up against puppy mills

By on November 2, 2021 with 13 Comments
Big win! 400 communities across the U.S. now stand up against puppy mills

Our campaign to stop puppy mill cruelty just reached an important milestone with the passage of the 400th local ordinance prohibiting the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet stores. And this is something to celebrate, as it shows so many people coming together to . . . 

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