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UPDATE: In June 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it would give the same protections to chimpanzees held in captivity as it does their free-living cousins in Africa! Learn more.   NEAVS, along with HSUS and other organizations, filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in 2010 requesting the agency “uplist” the status of captive chimpanzees from threatened to endangered. FWS agreed to review the…

NEAVS President, Dr. Theodora Capaldo, and Science Director, Dr. Jarrod Bailey, followed up their presentations to the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Committee on Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research meetings on August 11 and 12 and May 26, 2011 with comments expanding their own testimonies and addressing the errors, omissions, lack of substantiating information and other concerns with the testimony of those who continue to advocate for chimpanzee use in research. The…

The New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) testified before the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council of the National Academies of Science during their second public meeting held in Washington D.C., August 11 – 12th. The Committee on Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research (the Committee) is charged with evaluating the scientific necessity of chimpanzee research. The National Institutes of Health instructed the Committee not to consider ethical concerns. During…

Update: This petition is now closed. On bear bile farms throughout Asia, Asiatic black bears – known as moon bears because of the crescent-shaped marking on their chests – are held in “crush cages” for their entire lives for the sake of traditional Eastern medicine. Highly endangered, with only an estimated 16,000 remaining in the wild, some 10,000-13,000 of them are kept in metal cages forced to remain in a…

President's Message: Chimpanzees undergo biomedical and behavioral research, an area dominated by my fellow psychologists. When behavioral research is invasive, manipulative, or interferes with natural behaviors and needs, NEAVS opposes it. When it is not, chimpanzee lives can actually improve while in the study—it can be fun to manipulate computer boards or have other challenges. Chimpanzees are intelligent and like to do things…boredom is their enemy and when prolonged, they…

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requested that the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine (NAS/IOM) conduct a study on the use and necessity of chimpanzees in research for the advancement of public health. Convened April 5th, the committee will issue its report in nine months. The findings will impact the fate of all chimpanzees in U.S. research and testing. According to the IOM website, the study will “explore…

NEAVS president, Dr. Theo Capaldo, attended a special screening of the upcoming HBO documentary, Project Nim, produced by Simon Chinn, directed by Oscar-winner James Marsh, and based on the book The Chimp Who Would be Human by Elizabeth Hess. NEAVS was invited by Bob Ingersoll, director of Mindy’s Memory, a sanctuary for monkeys. Ingersoll played a major role in Nim’s life from the day he was abandoned by the research…

The debate about the use of chimpanzees in medical testing and research continues to heat up. Most recently, three powerful articles by investigative reporter Chris Adams on the plight of chimpanzees in research appeared in newspapers throughout the nation, in a series entitled “Chimps: Life in A Lab.” Adams worked long and hard to report the reality behind Chimps in a Lab. As a key resource, he contacted NEAVS and…

NEAVS’ Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Labs YouTube video, as well as footage of chimpanzees from the Fauna Foundation, opened last week’s CNN’s ISSUES with Jane Velez-Mitchell. The show, which aired on Friday, 1/14 at 7pm EST, focused on the victory—at least for now—for the Alamogordo chimpanzees. (See our January 5th eAlert for more information on the National Institutes of Health’s decision to halt their plans…

2011 is off to a hopeful start for 186 chimpanzees at Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF), who have been granted a reprieve from transfer to a Texas laboratory for use in invasive research. According to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) statement issued yesterday, the transfer will be delayed “pending an Institute of Medicine [the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences] in-depth analysis to reassess the scientific need for…