News & Alerts

I want you to know that the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (GAPSCA – S.810) is at a critical juncture. Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 25th, the committee in which the bill rests will be meeting to "mark up" the bill...an essential step to getting the bill to the full Senate floor for a vote. YOUR Senator needs to hear from you NOW. PLEASE email or call them (even if you already have!) to let them…

PEPPER We share with you the sad news of the death of our longtime friend Pepper, 42, who died last week of kidney failure at Fauna Foundation Sanctuary in Canada. Surrounded by her beloved family and friends, both human and chimpanzee, she comforted and was comforted by her loving community through her final hours. In her 27 years in research, Pepper endured—in one lab alone—307 knockdowns, 36 punch liver biopsies,…

Chimpanzee Advocates Alert Have you visited releasechimps.org lately?   NEAVS has launched a NEW and IMPROVED website for Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories, our campaign to end the use of chimpanzees in research. NEAVS’ releasechimps.org (the URL remains the same) has long been a content-rich resource for individuals and organizations committed to ending the use of chimpanzees in research. The site provides a full spectrum…

The U.S. is the largest importer of primates. In a previous eNews, NEAVS reported on the cruelty and suffering inflicted on thousands of wild primates who are torn from their families and jungle homes to be exported directly for research or confined in labs to produce monkeys for laboratories worldwide. Last month, the British Broadcasting Corporation reported on the success of campaigns to end the transportation of animals to laboratories…

Scientific and Public Testimony: Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (S.810)

Introduction Over the past seven years, NEAVS’ focused program Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories has pulled together experts in psychology, chimpanzee behavior, genetics, biomedical research, veterinary medicine, pathology, and other areas to critically examine the scientific value of and need for chimpanzee experiments, and the psychological and physical impact laboratory life and research has on chimpanzees’ suitability as research subjects and well-being. Though a national…

Senate subcommittee hearing today on Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act Members of the Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee on Water and Wildlife heard testimony today on the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (GAPCSA, H.R.1513/S.810). GAPCSA would end the use of chimpanzees in invasive biomedical research and would retire all federally-owned chimpanzees to permanent sanctuary. Nearly 1,000 chimpanzees are currently warehoused in U.S. laboratories, and, as…

3/23/2012 Cruelty Free International, will partner with The Body Shop to launch our first global pledge campaign at The Body Shop on May 15th 2012. Across the world, The Body Shop customers will have the opportunity to sign a pledge in-store to support Cruelty Free International’s push for a global ban on animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients.  Over 80% of countries across the world continue to allow animal testing for cosmetics despite the existence…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NIH Needs To Make Good On Chimpanzees’ Psychological Well-Being BOSTON, MA—(February 2012)—The Bioethics of Great Ape Well-Being: Psychiatric Injury and Duty of Care, recently published in the Animals & Society Institute’s (ASI) Public Policy series, asserts that historically and to date the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and research facilities have failed in their legal duty to protect captive great apes by…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Chimpanzees and Bad Research: It’s in the Genes BOSTON, MA  (January 2012)—A new paper, “Lessons from Chimpanzee-Based Research on Human Disease: the Implications of Genetic Differences” published in the international journal Alternatives to Laboratory Animals presents scientific arguments against the need for chimpanzees for current or future research for human health. The study’s author, Jarrod Bailey, Ph.D., geneticist and Science Director for NEAVS, critically assessed widespread claims…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Chimps Hear the Good News: IOM Concludes “…chimpanzees [are] not necessary…”   BOSTON, MA—(December 15, 2011)—The National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine (IOM) today released results of their nine-month long study, called for by the NIH, to investigate the current and future need for chimpanzees in research. The IOM concluded that ‘…most current biomedical research use of chimpanzees is not necessary.’ The only exception was their…