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February 2014 eNews: Helping All Chimps Get to Sanctuary, Animal Work, and More!

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In This Issue ...

More NEAVS funding for Sanctuary and Rescue
Leaping Bunny Update
World Bans on Animal Tests

... and more

We Can’t Forget the Rest of the Chimps

Hunter and Lyons
Twin brothers Hunter and Lyons, companions for 21 years owned by and held at Yerkes research center, were separated in 2006. Lyons, in acute kidney failure, was retired and transferred to Chimp Haven. Hunter was sent to Southwest research center. Both died soon after – apart.

We’ve made progress in our mission to end experimentation on chimpanzees since the Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Labs campaign began nearly a decade ago. While we once worried about thousands of federally owned chimpanzees languishing in labs, thanks to last year’s NIH decision to retire almost all its chimpanzees – with the troubling exception of 50 held for "future potential research" – we can breathe easier.

We will continue working to show those 50 will never be valuable for research, and ensure they – as well as the other NIH and all privately owned chimpanzees – are transferred to sanctuary.

Four labs still house approximately 300 privately owned chimpanzees not yet scheduled for retirement. The labs have reaped millions in funding by warehousing them, and are not eager to give up this revenue. “The vast majority of these chimpanzees aren’t being used, haven’t been used for years, and will not be used due to NIH’s new regulations making it extremely difficult to receive approval for chimpanzee studies,” says NEAVS President Theodora Capaldo, EdD. “Yet the labs have not yet budged to retire their privately owned chimps to sanctuary.”

Take Action:
Send emails to the labs below today, using the forms on our website,
and ask them to retire their chimpanzees from research now!

Michale E. Keeling Center
New Iberia Research Center
Southwest National Primate Research Center
Yerkes National Primate Research Center

... Another Installment in Ending All Chimpanzee Use

In addition to NIH's commitment to retire 90% of its federally owned chimpanzees, the following private pharmaceutical companies have ended or committed to not conduct chimpanzee research. As NIH funding for chimpanzee research ends, so too will private research's desire to use or house them. This is a crucial piece to the puzzle to get them all out – and into sanctuary.

GlaxoSmithKline • Merck • DuPont • AstraZeneca
Colgate-Palmolive • Novo Nordisk • AbbVie
Amgen • Hospira • Grifols • Gilead • Endo
• Idenix • Phoenix • QED Bioscience
Genesis Labs • Excel Bio-Products • Panigen
Best American Toxicology Testing

In Memory of Yoko

July 4, 1974-Jan. 30, 2014
Fauna Sanctuary resident


Yoko, we wish you the wings you so deserve to take you safely home
– from all of us at NEAVS

NEAVS Helps Animal Advocacy Roll On with Vehicle Grants

NEAVS is happy to announce a set of grants we recently awarded for vehicles necessary for rescue and sanctuary work. Our funding allowed Save the Chimps to purchase a Polaris utility vehicle and Beagle Freedom Project to buy a rescue van, and renewed sponsorship of Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society’s (MRFRS) Catmobile. Each proudly features the NEAVS logo.

Drs. Jocelyn Bezner and Erin Ferris of Save the Chimps with NEAVS' Polaris dedicated to
our beloved Dana (1960-2012)

The Polaris emergency transport vehicle will allow Save the Chimps sanctuary staff to quickly and safely transfer chimpanzees for medical care. An attached stainless steel transport cage adds protection for their and the staff’s safety.

BFP vanBeagle Freedom Project’s very first official transport vehicle will be used to pick up rescued beagles from labs whenever they are retired and bring them to new loving families. Our logo on the van helps bring attention to our shared mission to expose the plight of animals in labs, and inspires those who see it on the road to embrace our goal to end this cruel, scientifically flawed, and unnecessary practice (mocked-up image, actual photo coming soon).

MRFRS CatmobileMRFRS’ Catmobile is a low-cost, mobile spay/neuter clinic for cats covering more than 100 cities and towns in New England. “Cats, sadly, are among those used in dissection classes and research,” says NEAVS President Theodora Capaldo, EdD. “Pound seizure is still allowed in many states, which translates into someone's lost or abandoned cat potentially ending up in a horrible experiment or being killed for dissection. We applaud MRFRS for its amazing commitment to cats and are proud to see our logo on the Catmobile as we both help each other spread the word.”

Leaping Bunny: Moving Closer to a Cruelty-Free World

As a founding member of the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics and its Leaping Bunny program, we’re thrilled to let you know another 92 companies were certified cruelty-free in 2013! Even better, an additional 275 companies started the certification process!

A Leaping Bunny logo on a product (more than 500 brands today) assures you the company, as well as their labs and suppliers, use no new animal testing in any phase of product development. Visit our Leaping Bunny page to see what companies are on the list, download the Leaping Bunny app, and learn more.

Take Action:
Have you signed the Cruelty-Free Pledge yet
and committed to buying only Leaping Bunny products?
Join almost 45,000 who have already done so and take the leap today!

‘Maximum Tolerated Dose’ Available Online

Maximum Tolerated Dose posterThe feature-length documentary Maximum Tolerated Dose by director Karol Orzachowski is now available online. The film skillfully addresses the drawbacks of animal testing through stories and testimony of former researchers and lab technicians. It also provides viewers an opportunity to meet our friend Darla, a monkey rescued from research by Fauna Sanctuary.

Please be aware that while it contains some graphic footage, the film movingly demonstrates what motivates us all to work to end animal testing. To view or order a DVD:

Sao Paulo Bans Animal Testing!

Last week the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo joined the E.U., Israel, and India, and banned testing cosmetics and other personal care products on animals!

Animal protection advocates in the region have been very active and the governor announced the ban after a recent meeting with them. Offenders will now be fined $435,000 for noncompliance. Hopefully the rest of the country joins Sao Paulo soon to incorporate progress for animals into their Ordem e Progresso (Order and Progress) motto.