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Advance and Advocate

The mission of NAPSA is to advance and advocate for the welfare of captive primates. We are constantly evaluating how our member primate sanctuaries can use the unified voice of NAPSA to speak out and initiate change. Thus far, our advocacy work involves the regular release of Position Statements and responses to harmful depictions of primates in the media. Primate welfare begins with educating the public.

NAPSA’s Advocacy Position Statements

As part of our advocacy program, NAPSA develops Position Statements on topics central to primate welfare. Additional Position Statements will be added over time. These documents are free for public use.

  • Private Ownership of Primates: The North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA) is opposed to the private ownership of primates. Read entire Position Statement.
  • Performing Primates: The North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA) is opposed to the use of primates for entertainment. Read entire Position Statement.
  • Service Monkeys: The North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA) is opposed to the use of monkeys as service animals. Read entire Position Statement.
  • True Sanctuaries vs. Pseudo Sanctuaries: The North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA) is dedicated to educating the public about characteristics of reputable sanctuaries, as well as attributes of facilities that should be avoided. Read entire Position Statement.
  • How to Start a Sanctuary: NAPSA and its member sanctuaries are approached often by people seeking advice on how to start their own sanctuary. Although there is no precise formula for the successful founding and maintenance of a sanctuary, there are important things to keep in mind. Read entire Position Statement.

NAPSA Responds

As experts in primate welfare, NAPSA is compelled to contact celebrities, publications and other organizations who may interact with or depict primates in an exploitive manner. It is important that NAPSA actively work to end harmful depictions of primates in the media, as this has a direct link to the opinions formed by the public regarding primate conservation and the species’ suitability as privately owned “pets.” Go to NAPSA Responds.


In recognition of the value of all animals, NAPSA is proud to endorse FOOD FOR THOUGHT. All meals served at NAPSA-sponsored meetings are vegetarian, with vegan options always available.


Erika Fleury
NAPSA Program Director
(860) 806-4542