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President's Message: "A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more." – Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Professor at Harvard Business School Since you never leave true loves, NEAVS continues to work for chimpanzees. Even with all our successes, there is still much to be done. Watch for our next steps. Meanwhile, I have news. News that one of…

President's Message: A focus of our Summer UPDATE is the recognition of the right of all animals to move freely, look up at open skies, and live as nature intended. As we go to press, we await the decision of whether NIH will accept the recommendations of its appointed council – including recommendations that chimpanzees live with fresh air, natural surroundings, space to climb and move, and in a world as meaningful as captivity can provide.  You and I cherish our…

President's Message: We are just coming out of the full impact of Hurricane Sandy. Fortunately, with the exception of more than usual scattered leaves and fallen branches, in Boston we are safe. The staff reported their animal friends stuck by their sides throughout the howling wind, pelting rain, and terrifying noises of this major storm. Even my fiercely independent Kibou did not leave my side once. Nature’s power is asserted…and it was both magnificent and humbling. I am amazed by footage of those visiting the nearby shores just…

President's Message: In 1953, Pogo cartoonist Walt Kelly wrote, “We have met the enemy, and he is us”—aptly summarizing our human condition, as that socio-political satire did. Now it’s our turn at revision. “We have met the enemy, and he isn’t anything like us!” It’s clear, I believe, what separates those who work on behalf of animals from those who don’t. The difference lies in what is called emotional intelligence…

President's Message: According to the World Bank Group, “Corruption prevails where there is ample opportunity for corruption at little cost. Incentive structures encourage corrupt behavior.” When you allow bad behavior to be rewarded, you get more bad behavior. While some of us have the moral fortitude that impels honesty, fairness and kindness, others use every opportunity to satisfy their greed. It is no exaggeration that many lab directors operate from…

President's Message:  Everywhere I look, it seems that everyone, or almost everyone, is talking about chimpanzees. Our years of work have brought us to a place where the stage is firmly set for the U.S. to join other nations that have already protected the first nonhuman species, chimpanzees, from science. Whether it is the National Academies of Science, Hollywood, novelists, journalists, other organizations, TV commentators, or school children, everyone is…

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…

President's Message: At year end, this issue offers you a map of legislative support for the Great Ape Protection Act—recendentsetting legislation. Seeing how far we’ve come can show us where we need to go. In 2000, the Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance, and Protection Act passed with 144 House and 25 Senate sponsors. By year end 2010, GAPA had 157 House and 5 Senate sponsors. Still, recent elections could reduce the…

President's Message: There’s no doubt that animal experiments are cruel. Sometimes, though, the ethical argument is not enough to bring scientists, policy-makers, and the public on board. NEAVS/Project R&R Science Director Jarrod Bailey, Ph.D., is responding by challenging the scientific rhetoric of those vested in animal research with the scientific realities of the flaws and dangers of animal use and the benefits of alternatives.   Dr. Bailey earned his doctorate in…

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…