In light of the recent escape, the group Proyecto Gran Simio (Great Ape Project) has called for the closure of Sa Coma safari park, a facility where the treatment of animals has been described as "shocking" and "cruel." But for some primate advocates, the practice of keeping chimpanzees and other primates behind bars at all may be inherently wrong:
"Now that we know these are sensitive, intelligent, immensely strong, and potentially dangerous animals, what excuse is there for condemning them to a life behind bars - even one with food treats, games, toys, devoted caretakers, and plenty of room?" writes paleoanthropologist Pat Shipman in Psychology Today.
"Can such conditions ever be good enough to justify imprisonment?"