Gorilla Warfare Erupts Between Cincinnati Zoo, Ape Advocates

The Cincinnati Zoo is again making headlines, with another ape-related controversy hanging over the institution, Nonprofit Quarterly reports. The dispute stems from a disagreement with the Gorilla Foundation (GF) regarding custody of an adult silverback gorilla named Ndume — former mate and lifelong friend of the preeminent primate Koko, who was famously taught sign language by Jane Goodall. When Koko died in June, the zoo soon after requested that Ndume be brought back to Cincinnati, however, the foundation maintains that because of his age, it is too dangerous to transport him. The zoo subsequently filed suit against GF asking the court to return the gorilla to his former home. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg has ordered the parties to pursue a joint resolution, though communication between the organizations remains tenuous. The Cincinnati Zoo first came under fire for the controversy surrounding the death of the gorilla Harambe. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have both sided with the zoo because it is able to provide Ndume the necessary socialization with other gorillas, whereas GF has no other gorillas.  

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SURVEY: Proposed Amendment to Supreme Court Rule 31, Relative to Alternative Dispute Resolution

As you may know, the Supreme Court issued a notice requesting comment on amendments to TSC Rule 31. The Tennessee Bar Association will be filing a comment in response to the proposed amendments and we need your help in drafting our response to ensure that it best reflects our members’ views and positions. Completing this brief survey will assist us in determining specific sections' positions on the proposed changes. After completion, the survey will be sent to your section's executive council, who will review the received responses, determine the section's position and relay the final comments to the TBA.
The TBA has generally summarized the proposed changes, but please read the order and proposed amendments, which are provided below, for more detailed information. Please provide your responses by Monday, April 30. Thanks for your help in this endeavor.


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