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Fall 2008 newsletter

Fall 2008 newsletter

President's Message:

The Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution reads: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States … made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the land….” – a phrase used in the Magna Carta in 1215, which now refers to fundamental principles of justice. It’s time for the Law of the Land of these United States to include protection of our great ape cousins from the harm and injustices of modern science.

Project R&R has been working tirelessly to reach a certain timbre in our work. And that resounding moment came when the Great Ape Protection Act was introduced to the 110th Congress on April 17th, 2008. A historic moment in itself, it was the opening bell for the enormous work that now remains to pass this legislation into law…into the Law of the Land.

I wish there was space and time enough to share with you every detail, every nuance of our work. Like the documents we obtained exposing attempts of law firms on behalf of labs to suppress our work; like the informants who call, eager to help us know firsthand what is going on; like the impact our finely tuned scientific papers are having on researchers. Like the sincere commitment of thousands of new and old friends to animal protection who are rallying with us – in a new or in a revitalized commitment to chimpanzees.

The task NEAVS/Project R&R has at hand is not easy, not solvable with any “quick fix”…it will take time, intelligence, strategy and perhaps even more time than we would like to get it done. BUT, we will get it done. And we need every one of you – board members, supporters, other organizations, legislators, scientists…every one of you to commit to the long haul. To not dishearten if we do not see immediate results but to stay with us while we do the heavy lifting – impossible to accomplish without you by our side.

To keep us all strong for the work ahead, we must remember the inspirational words of William Lloyd Garrison, who spoke out so eloquently and passionately against slavery – “I am in earnest - I will not equivocate - I will not excuse - I will not retreat a single inch – and, I will be heard!”

WE will be heard and we will one day prevail. Our inevitable success will be a part of the evolution of consciousness and compassion in our world. And one day, every chimpanzee now held in a laboratory – so many for 40 or 50 years – will know the simple pleasures of safety, true kindness and justice at last.

Theodora Capaldo, EdD

To read the full newsletter, you can download the Fall 2008 UPDATE here.