Friday, September 19, 2008

R&R E-News

Project R&R

Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories

September 2008

Volunteers Bring Project R&R to the DNC & RNC!
We were there in 2004 and now, in 2008, NEAVS/Project R&R volunteers were once again on hand at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in Denver and Minneapolis-Saint Paul, this time distributing Project R&R literature and postcards to delegates and to the public. Thank you to all those who donated their time to bring GAPA to the heart of the national political conventions!

“I distributed all the cards today, very quickly, as lots of people were in attendance and almost everyone took the information when offered... thanks for all your efforts.” Jane W.

“I had absolutely no materials left over. It all went in an hour and a half. I felt really great about it and it was fun. There were plenty of people who were receptive... thanks for the opportunity to help.” Jan M.

GAPA Update: Welcome Rep. Miller and Rep. Payne!

Click here to check on current cosponsors

Following our eAlert last week asking people across the U.S. to write to their representative, two more representatives have signed on as co-sponsors to the Great Ape Protection Act (GAPA) H.R. 5852: Rep. George Miller [D-CA] and Donald Payne [D-NJ]. Thank you to all of you who are helping by contacting your legislators! We ask that you continue to write – either to ask for your legislators’ support by becoming a co-sponsor or to thank them for co-sponsoring if they are already on. And remember, if you are interested in taking a more active roll in helping pass GAPA, please contact Jennifer Campbell, Director of Member Services.

NEAVS/Project R&R Leaders Make their Mark at International Primate Conference in Scotland

In August, NEAVS president Theodora Capaldo, EdD presented on a panel at the International Primatological Society 22nd Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Congress is an international event that hosts hundreds of world experts on primates and research. Dr. Capaldo’s presentation, entitled: Humane Considerations Regarding the Use of Chimpanzees in Biomedical Research and Testing, was part of a symposium that presented on the use of great apes for invasive research and included science, policy, welfare, and current events. Full story...

Release Chimpanzees Video Message now on YouTube!

Making a poignant statement on the plight of chimpanzees in US labs, our newest outreach piece – a short (2 minute) video entitled “Release Chimpanzees” - is now online and features students speaking out on the issue. Produced by students at Boston University’s Adlab, we invite you to watch this moving video on YouTube and to send it to all your family and friends to help spread the word!

NEAVS/Project R&R Introduces Plight of Chimpanzees to Thousands

Thank you to our wonderful committed volunteers, from L - R, Sheryl, Nancy, and Lisa

Last weekend NEAVS/Project R&R tabled at the second annual NY’s Capital Region Vegetarian Expo held in Saratoga Springs, NY. The table was graciously provided by The Albany Vegetarian Network who are committed to helping us get the word out. Thank you to them and to NY’ers Nancy Megna (NEAVS/Project R&R speaker and Program Associate) and Lisa Bradley as well as Vermonter and long standing committed volunteer Sheryl RapĂ©e-Adams for providing their time, inspiration and valuable information to thousands of attendees!

NEAVS/Project R&R also participated in the day’s “Kid’s Corner” – giving children the opportunity to create personal art cards for Tom Chimpanzee – whose own artwork wowed the children and helped them learn about how intelligent, creative, feeling and amazing chimpanzees are. The postcards from the children will be sent to Tom who is in sanctuary at the Fauna Foundation.

Siblings Jake and Katie were hard at work on their beautiful greeting cards to Tom Chimpanzee.

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