Steven M Wise is campaigning for chimps' right to seek freedom from unlawful detention on the grounds that they are essentially people.
The Claw animal shelter has been struggling to survive after a week without water and service delivery protests that threaten its offices.
As demand for crocodile skin handbags increase, luxury goods companies such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci are making acquisitions to secure croc supply.
Amid allegations of animal cruelty, a ship carrying 3 500 head of cattle is expected to leave from East London this week bound for Mauritius.
Pet owners in Asia are snapping up 'pocket' primates provided by traders in South Africa. Fiona Macleod reports
Scores of animal rights activists staged a naked protest on Sunday at a square in Spain's northeastern city of Barcelona to denounce fur clothes.