NEAVS Webinar: Yerkes in Context | Chimpanzee Retirement and the ESA (VIDEO)

NEAVS hosted a webinar discussion on Thursday, 2/18/2016, which included distinguished panelists Theodora Capaldo, CEO, NEAVS and Attorney Katherine Meyer, Founding Partner, Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks (who represents NEAVS and a coalition of chimpanzee experts and sanctuaries in opposition to Yerkes National Primate Research Center’s export permit application to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).

Highlights included:

  • A short film entitled, Unforgotten: Animals Rescued from Research, created by photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur and videographer, Kelly Guerin, with voice-over by Dr. Capaldo.
  • Dr. Capaldo reviewed the background of the proposed transfer of eight Yerkes chimpanzees overseas; the state of privately held chimpanzees in U.S. labs; implications of the recent up listing of captive chimpanzees to endangered status; and, concerns surrounding how labs will divest themselves of chimpanzees given the dwindling of NIH funding.
  • Attorney Meyer discussed why issuance of an export permit weakens protections of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and explored the implications for the Yerkes 8 as well as all privately held chimpanzees and all other endangered species. She concluded with a review of the positive implications that blocking the Yerkes’ permit will have for the Yerkes 8, their potential offspring and all other ESA’s protected species.
  • A participant Q&A period followed the panelist discussion.