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President's Message: Once again we are moving closer to the holiday season of hope. This year my greatest hope comes from the realization that we are moving closer and closer to our goals. There are already nearly 100 co-sponsors to the Great Ape Protection Act. There are rulings all over the world that enhance protections for animals in labs. And, most importantly, today when anti-vivisectionists are attacked by our opposition…

President's Message: Chimpanzees can speak on their own behalf. Not in human language of course, but rather in the myriad ways in which their behaviors, vocalizations, and expressions communicate so much to those willing to attend. And those willing to attend are the sanctuary leaders who, every day of their lives, assess the needs of those in their care and do their very best to meet them. I had the…

Boston—A recently released paper by Project R&R published in the journal Alternatives to Laboratory Animals (ATLA 37, 399–416), presents a serious challenge to long-standing claims that animals are an important part of human cancer research. “An Examination of Chimpanzee Use in Human Cancer Research” found that chimpanzees, our closest genetic relatives, have contributed little to combating cancers and cost society not only time but wasted research dollars. The paper comes…

The investigation further revealed the appalling and cruel fate that awaits many of these monkeys at their final destination - a research laboratory. NEAVS joins BUAV in a call to CITES to suspend Indonesia and carry out its own investigation. This call comes as Indonesia announces a staggering three-fold increase (15,100) in the number of wild monkeys (Macaca fascicularis) allowed to be trapped in 2009 and exported into research.     The U.S. is…

A study and publication co-authored by NEAVS/Project R&R’s president, vice president, and co-chair further documents the severe emotional trauma chimpanzees suffer as a result of laboratory use and confinement. Developmental Context Effects on Bicultural Post-Trauma Self Repair in Chimpanzees was published in the September issue, Vol 45(5), of the American Psychological Association Journal Developmental Psychology. Psychologists G.A. Bradshaw, PhD, PhD, Theodora Capaldo, EdD, Lorin Lindner, PhD, and Gloria Grow, Fauna…

Boston, MA―March 5, 2009―The Great Ape Protection Act (GAPA), H.R. 1326 was introduced today in Congress. Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories applauds the bill’s lead sponsors: Reps. Edolphus Towns, D-NY, David Reichert, R-WA, Jim Langevin, D-RI, and Roscoe Bartlett, R-MD, and a long list of other cosponsors, for their commitment and continued attention to the urgent need for this legislation. Project R&R is asking all members…

President's Message:  The holidays are a time to wish for and believe in miracles. Yet when it comes to work to getting animals out of laboratories, I know there are no miracle solutions: just hard work and strategic, effective campaigns that, over time, yield results – the miracles we are waiting for. Every day we hear animal researchers touting research breakthroughs, yet how often do these “breakthroughs” lead to the…

In the September 6, 2008 Newsweek article, “We Fought Cancer…And Cancer Won”, author Sharon Begley discussed the ongoing scientific battle against cancer.  She noted that although some genetic breakthroughs have occurred since cancer research began in 1971, Begley cites the many other unsuccessful and costly attempts scientists have made to try to better control and eliminate the disease in humans. Her examples help illustrate a crucial reason why our attempts…

"A return to the use of chimpanzees in AIDS research and vaccine development is without scientific justification,” according to a paper released in 2008 in the journal Alternatives to Laboratory Animals (ATLA). "An Assessment of the Role of Chimpanzees in AIDS Vaccine Research" concludes that vaccine responses in chimpanzees are not predictive of responses in humans, and that claims of chimpanzees' critical role and importance in AIDS vaccine development are…

President's Message: The Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution reads: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States … made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the land….” – a phrase used in the Magna Carta in 1215, which now refers to fundamental principles of justice. It’s time for the Law of the Land of these United States to include protection…