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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 11/16/15 - The 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…

The following is in response to the October 28, 2015 USA Today article, “We’re killing chimps with kindness”. In an online opinion column, “We’re killing chimps with kindness”, Frankie L. Trull, president of the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR), argues that sacrificing captive chimpanzees is a necessary component of Ebola vaccine development. She opines that what wild populations need in order to be saved from extinction is continued sacrifice of…

YERKES’ CHIMPS MUST GO TO U.S. SANCTUARIES Update 11/16/15 - The public comment period is now closed. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS)  announced a PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD on the Federal Register for Yerkes National Primate Research Center’s permit application request to export eight of its chimpanzees overseas to Wingham Wildlife Park, an unaccredited U.K. facility.  WE ONLY HAVE UNTIL NOVEMBER 16, 2015 to voice opposition to Yerkes’ request to ship eight chimpanzees…