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Read original article here. Your “NIH advised to retire most research chimps” article (March 15, 2013) gave credence to lab director Christian Abee’s position that chimpanzees are necessary for research. It failed to note labs have a vested interest in the status quo of warehousing chimpanzees, even if not in active research. Nor did it mention that the public should expect AVMA to support retiring all federally owned chimpanzees because…

Funding for the construction and expansion of chimpanzee sanctuary facilities and for the lifetime care of federally-owned or supported chimpanzees in sanctuary is not an insurmountable hurdle, but rather a challenge with several viable solutions. The precedence set by previous and to-date continuing National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to laboratories, the taxpayer-funded materials and structures that can be made available to sanctuaries, as well as the lower per diems…

Update: This petition is now closed.  Thank you to all our NEAVS supporters who submitted comments to NIH. The comment period has closed. Read NEAVS' comments to the Working Group here. In June 2013, NIH accepted all but one of the CoC's recommendations.  The NIH seeks public input on its recent Council of Councils (CoC) recommendations regarding the fate of federally owned chimpanzees in U.S. laboratories. In January, the CoC…

In this issue ... U.S. military and training using animals New cruelty-free cosmetics laws Animals Asia Vietnam bears saved from eviction The last 1,000 chimpanzees in research ... and more! U.S. military asked to phase out training using animals President Obama has signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which requires the Defense Department to initiate a strategy and timeline for transitioning to human-based training methods instead of using animals in…

February 25, 2013 Londoño, E. Washington Post. 24 Feb. 2013 Press Release

The war between animal activists and the Pentagon has raged for decades. You could say there’s been a fair amount of collateral damage: thousands of goats and pigs have been mutilated, though the military argues the animals have not died in vain. So it’s no surprise the animal rights camp is salivating over the blow it’s about to inflict on the enemy. This week, by order of Congress, the Pentagon…

February 15, 2013 Earth in Transition. 14 Feb. 2013 Press Release

To view the original article, click here. "Yet again, we see that decades of research, and millions of animals' lives and taxpayer dollars, have been cruelly wasted. How much more evidence do we need before action is taken to move away from using animals, toward demonstrably superior and more humane alternatives? We know animals don't predict human drug efficacy and toxicity: it's now known that 94 percent of drugs that…

NEAVS responds to New York Times’ “The Cosmetic Wars” Mark Bittman’s “The Cosmetic Wars” (02/06/13) justifies animal testing by asking if it is worse than the suffering caused by the “industrial livestock system,” unaware two wrongs don’t make either less wrong. Noting formaldehyde is carcinogenic means it should be banned in cosmetics (and in classroom specimens replaceable with computers), not that it be further tested. In advocating for human protection,…

February 12, 2013 Kolata, G. The New York Times. 11 Feb. 2013 Press Release

For decades, mice have been the species of choice in the study of human diseases. But now, researchers report evidence that the mouse model has been totally misleading for at least three major killers — sepsis, burns and trauma. As a result, years and billions of dollars have been wasted following false leads, they say. The study’s findings do not mean that mice are useless models for all human diseases.…

February 06, 2013 McConnaughey, J. The Associated Press. 23 Jan. 2013 Press Release

To learn more about the new chimpanzees, visit Chimp Haven's website. To see more photos of the first 16 to arrive from New Iberia Research Center – Julius, Phyllis, Sandy, Jessica, Debbie, Linda, Kathy, Margaret, Daisy, Megan, Candy, Jimmy, Becky, Mackensie, Dea, and Quilla – visit Chimp Haven's Flicker page. The first chimpanzees from a south Louisiana lab have arrived at the national sanctuary for retired federal research chimps, with a…