Chimpanzees laugh when they play and whimper when they are distraught; they express joy, anger, jealousy, compassion, despair, and affection.
Based on what is known about chimpanzees’ intelligence, emotions, and similarity to humans, as well as what is known about the lack of scientific necessity/usefulness of their use, many countries have banned or limited research on chimpanzees and other great apes.
The U.S. is the only remaining country to hold large numbers of chimpanzees in laboratories. Even here, their use in active protocols has steadily declined due to ethical concerns, the enormous expense of using and housing them in laboratories, and the scientific limitations and failures of the chimpanzee as a model for humans. Yet U.S. labs confine some 1,000 chimpanzees.
Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories (Project R&R) is NEAVS’ national campaign to end the use of chimpanzees in invasive biomedical research and provide them release and restitution in sanctuary. The historic work of Project R&R will lead to the first non-human species being afforded legal protection from use in harmful research.
As of 2015, NEAVS applauds the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announcement that it will no longer support any biomedical research on chimpanzees. NIH plans to retire ALL NIH-owned and supported chimpanzees to Federal Sanctuary at Chimp Haven. The last chimpanzees are expected to be retired by the end of Fiscal Year 2023.
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