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

IntroductionOver 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 organization…

Senate subcommittee hearing today on Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings ActMembers 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 of…

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…

BOSTON, MA—(November 2011)—Founded in 1895, NEAVS, the New England Anti-Vivisection Society, one of the most respected national organizations working on behalf of animals in labs, today announced the launch of their new interactive website that delivers the scientific facts and humane ethics to end animal use in research, testing and education. Dr. Theodora Capaldo, President of NEAVS, noted, “Years ago, no one understood the science behind our mission. People thought…

Nearly 1,000 chimpanzees are living in research laboratories in the United States. Some have been confined in labs for up to 50 years. The vast majority, if not all, are not involved in active research protocols – instead they are languishing, warehoused at taxpayers’ expense. According to the National Institutes of Health, the cost to U.S. taxpayers for chimpanzee research and maintenance is more than $60 million per year. The…

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…

UPDATE: In June 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it would give the same protections to chimpanzees held in captivity as it does their free-living cousins in Africa! Learn more. NEAVS, along with HSUS and other organizations, filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in 2010 requesting the agency “uplist” the status of captive chimpanzees from threatened to endangered. FWS agreed to review the request: “Based…