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Boston, MA―March 5, 2009―The Great Ape Protection Act (GAPA), H.R. 1326 was introduced today in Congress. Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories applauds the bill’s lead sponsors: Reps. Edolphus Towns, D-NY, David Reichert, R-WA, Jim Langevin, D-RI, and Roscoe Bartlett, R-MD, and a long list of other cosponsors, for their commitment and continued attention to the urgent need for this legislation. Project R&R is asking all members…

"A return to the use of chimpanzees in AIDS research and vaccine development is without scientific justification,” according to a paper released in 2008 in the journal Alternatives to Laboratory Animals (ATLA). "An Assessment of the Role of Chimpanzees in AIDS Vaccine Research" concludes that vaccine responses in chimpanzees are not predictive of responses in humans, and that claims of chimpanzees' critical role and importance in AIDS vaccine development are…

Boston, MA—October 12, 2006—She has lived in a laboratory for over a half century. Gwen, a 54-year-old chimpanzee—believed to be the oldest chimpanzee held for research in the U.S.—is to be released into sanctuary this month. She is scheduled to leave New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) and be released to Chimp Haven, a facility in Louisiana that receives 75% of its operating costs from the federal government. Little is publicly…

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…

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 the…