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You’ve heard a lot of opposition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) granting the Yerkes National Primate Research Center a permit to export Lucas, Fritz, Agatha, Abby, Tara, Faye, Elvira, and Georgia --the “Yerkes 8” -- overseas to an unaccredited roadside zoo.  While politics could prevail over good sense and U.S. law, I assure you NEAVS will fight this permit to the end. Why? Because wherever we look,…

To read the full newsletter, you can download Fall/Winter 2015 UPDATE here.  President's Message: We are forged by fate, genes, environment, culture, and, importantly, personal choice. Along with our nature-nurture givens, we make decisions that make us who we are. Because people care, they have made choices that led to laws and practices that have eliminated animal suffering and death at the hands of humans. For example, many countries have already banned the use of animals in cosmetics testing.  Cosmetics are the colors and…

BOSTON, Dec. 2, 2015 -- In response to a lawsuit filed Monday by a coalition of animal welfare organizations, sanctuaries, and individuals – led by the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) – the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) informed NEAVS today that instead of issuing a permit to Yerkes National Research Center under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to export eight chimpanzees to England, it would re-open the comment period and allow…

BOSTON, Nov. 30, 2015 -- New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) a Boston-based, international animal advocacy organization, and its coalition of chimpanzee experts and sanctuaries, filed a lawsuit today against U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) challenging the agency's decision to  issue a permit to Yerkes National Primate Research Center (Yerkes), Atlanta, GA, to "donate" eight chimpanzees - Lucas, Fritz, Abby, Agatha, Tara, Faye, Elvira and Georgia - to Wingham Wildlife…

Complaint for Declaratory and Injuctive Relief 1. Plaintiffs challenge an unprecedented and highly controversial decision by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) to issue a permit under section 10 of the Endangered Species Act (“ESA” or Act), 16 U.S.C. § 1531, et seq., to Yerkes National Primate Center in Atlanta, Georgia (“Yerkes”) authorizing Yerkes to export eight chimpanzees – Lucas, Fritz, Agatha, Abby, Tara, Faye, Elvira, and Georgia…

The institution called chimpanzee research to which Robert Yerkes (yes, namesake of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Atlanta, GA) gave a foothold in America in the 1920s, has always been a house of cards: an institution that is insubstantial, shaky and in constant risk of collapse. Researchers have known this. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has known this.  Yet the price of playing the game for decades has…

NEAVS is overjoyed to report that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has decided to send ALL NIH OWNED CHIMPANZEES TO SANCTUARY! This is an important and heart warming reversal of NIH's previous decision to retire its chimpanzees but to keep "50 in reserve" for possible future need.    NIH added that its funding for privately owned chimpanzees will end! NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins, explained: "I think this is the natural…

New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), a national animal advocacy organization, and its coalition, submitted comments to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) opposing an export permit for Yerkes National Primate Research Center (Yerkes) "donating" eight chimpanzees - Lucas, Fritz, Agatha, Abby, Tara, Faye, Elvira, Georgia - to Wingham Wildlife Park (Wingham), an unaccredited U.K.zoo. This September, FWS up-listed captive chimpanzees to "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Yerkes must demonstrate export, "enhance(s) propagation or…

NEAVS Posts Comments Opposing Yerkes' Donation to Wingham Wildlife Park! Thank you for your efforts to help NEAVS oppose Yerkes’ export permit application to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to donate eight chimpanzees to Wingham Wildlife Park, an unaccredited U.K. zoo. We want to update you on our work to stop the eight chimps - Lucas, Fritz, Agatha, Abby, Tara, Faye, Elvira, and Georgia - from being shipped overseas - out of…

Update: This public comment period is now closed.  U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD is only open until November 16. You still have time to oppose Yerkes National Primate Research Center's application for a permit to ship 8 chimpanzees (now protected under the Endangered Species Act - ESA) to Wingham Wildlife Park, an unaccredited U.K. facility. These 8 chimpanzees – Lucas, Fritz, Agatha, Abby, Tara, Faye, Elvira, and Georgia – who…