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Boston, MA—October 3, 2006—Following an appeal by many of the world’s chimpanzee experts, as well as inquiries from U.S. Senate offices, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) revealed that two more of the 24 elder chimpanzees now held in U.S. labs, Jake and Jenda, (both age 48), have died. Primate Foundation of Arizona also recently revealed that their elder, Susie, age 52, has also died. The news of their deaths…

Boston, MA―September 5, 2006―While the American public believes that chimpanzees used for research for more than ten years should be retired, 12 elder chimpanzees have remained in U.S. laboratories for 40 to more than 50 years. Today, the advisory board of Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Labs, called upon three labs to release these 12 elders immediately into sanctuary to live out their remaining years. “The…

August 31, 2006 Lab realities conflict with public opinion Press Release

Boston, MA—August 29, 2006—Wenka, 52 years old, was born in the nation’s first chimpanzee laboratory in Orange Park, Florida, in 1954. She was sold as a “pet” and returned to the lab when she was only three. Today she remains confined at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center (Atlanta, GA). She has been used for decades in research including drug and alcohol, cognition, and other experiments. Her grandmother, Wendy, was…

Boston, MA—June 20, 2006—Nearly three-fourths of the American public (71%) believes that a chimpanzee used for more than 10 years in research should be retired. Preliminary estimates of chimpanzees known to be held in U.S. labs show that approximately 90% (987 of the some 1,300) have been there for more than 10 years. Chimpanzees in captivity can live up to 60 years. These and other poll results indicate that Americans…

Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories today announced a new, dedicated website focused on ending chimpanzee research in the United States.  Project R&R is a national campaign of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS). “This site provides the most comprehensive information available on what has happened and continues to happen behind lab doors to these incredibly intelligent and social beings,” says Theodora Capaldo, EdD, President of…

(Boston, MA) April 5, 2006—One of the nation’s oldest animal protection organizations is headed to Atlanta, Georgia, to kick off Project R&R:  Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Labs, a national campaign to end the use of chimpanzees in research. Austria recently became the latest of several countries to ban the use of great apes in research. The U.S., the last remaining large-scale user of chimpanzees in research in…