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February 05, 2013 Javed, N. The Toronto Star. 23 Jan. 2013 Press Release

National Institutes of Health to retire 450 research animals to national sanctuaries, end half of ongoing experiments, report suggests The U.S. National Institutes of Health has been advised to significantly curtail research involving chimpanzees by retiring most of the 450 animals it funds or supports, leaving only a few dozen for research. The retired animals would go to sanctuaries. The recommendation comes in a report by a council of external…

Yesterday, a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-appointed Council of Councils (CoC) Working Group on Chimpanzees in Research announced findings from its NIH-directed study. NIH requested that it develop a plan to implement the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) guiding principles and criteria for chimpanzee research, analyze the current use of chimpanzees in research, assess the placement and size of chimpanzee populations, and review potential future use. The announcement is a third…

Today a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-appointed Council of Councils (CoC) Working Group on Chimpanzees in Research announced findings from its NIH-directed study. NIH requested that it develop a plan to implement the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) guiding principles and criteria for chimpanzee research, analyze the current use of chimpanzees in research, assess the placement and size of chimpanzee populations, and review potential future use. Today’s announcement is a third…

January 15, 2013 Capaldo, T. Bill of Health. 14 Jan. 2013 Press Release

Guest Post on Animal Research By Theodora Capaldo, EdD NEAVS President When the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) launched Project R&R: Release & Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories in 2006, 1,300 chimpanzees languished in U.S. laboratories. The campaign was a focused effort to end invasive and harmful research on the first non-human species in the U.S. Today, more and more chimpanzees are being transferred to sanctuary as momentum for…

January 04, 2013 Wadman, M. Nature.com. 20 Dec. 2012 Press Release

Air Canada, one of the few major airline companies that still transports primates for research, was given the go-ahead to stop moving macaques and other non-human primates bound for research labs, after a decision today from its regulatory agency, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA). The airline applauded the decision and said that, effective December 22, it will require all non-human primate shippers to sign a declaration that the animals are…

January 04, 2013 Groff, K. The-Scientist.com. 3 Jan. 2013 Press Release

A recent Oregon State University (OSU) study found that 25 percent of teachers surveyed who used live animals in their classrooms later released them into the wild, sometimes introducing non-native species into local environments. Only a minority of these teachers was aware that the animals they released could cause problems and harm to native species and ecosystems. The study also reported that many suppliers do not think that the environmental…

December 31, 2012 Haaretz. Dec. 31, 2012 Press Release

The law, originally passed in 2010, will go into effect at precisely midnight on New Year's Eve 2012. The sale and import of cosmetics and cleaning materials tested on animals will be illegal as of midnight Monday night, under a law passed in 2010. The Health Ministry said it would crack down on importers who violate the law, but did not offer specifics. Read original story here.

President's Message: We are just coming out of the full impact of Hurricane Sandy. Fortunately, with the exception of more than usual scattered leaves and fallen branches, in Boston we are safe. The staff reported their animal friends stuck by their sides throughout the howling wind, pelting rain, and terrifying noises of this major storm. Even my fiercely independent Kibou did not leave my side once. Nature’s power is asserted…and it was both magnificent and humbling. I am amazed by footage of those visiting the nearby shores just…

The world will soon be much brighter for approximately 113 chimpanzees now held in Lafayette, Louisiana’s New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced its two-part plan Dec. 18, 2012 to retire them all to the comfort and safety of Chimp Haven, our federal sanctuary. The decision is a major revision to the NIH’s original plan to send only 10 to Chimp Haven and retire…

President's Message: In 1953, Pogo cartoonist Walt Kelly wrote, “We have met the enemy, and he is us”—aptly summarizing our human condition, as that socio-political satire did. Now it’s our turn at revision. “We have met the enemy, and he isn’t anything like us!” It’s clear, I believe, what separates those who work on behalf of animals from those who don’t. The difference lies in what is called emotional intelligence…