Monday, October 27, 2008

R&R E- News

October 2008

Pepper: (left) in her 5X5X7 ft. lab cage at LEMSIP
(Right) on her sanctuary island at Fauna

11th Anniversary of Chimpanzee Rescue

Eleven years after their rescue from HIV/AIDS and other research, Sue Ellen, Rachel, Pepper, and others are now ambassadors for Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories, a national campaign to end the use of chimpanzees in invasive biomedical research. Their anniversary, celebrated at Fauna – the first sanctuary to accept HIV-infected chimpanzees – comes on the heels of research showing that the failure to develop a successful HIV/AIDS vaccine for humans can be attributed to the use of chimpanzees.
"An Assessment of the Role of Chimpanzees in AIDS Vaccine Research," published this month in the international journal Alternatives to Laboratory Animals (ATLA), showed that most of the vaccines developed to date were tested in chimpanzees who endured decades of experiments. Almost all of the vaccines protected chimpanzees from HIV infection, but none were successful in humans. Read more...

Darla rescued from research now safe in sanctuary at Fauna

NEAVS/Project R&R Sets the Record Straight

NEAVS/Project R&R made a factual and sharp response to an editorial in Nature Medicine (Volume 14, Number 8) "When less is not more" that advocates widespread experimentation using nonhuman primates (NHPs).
Our response, entitled "Nonhuman primates mean less, not more, human medical progress" is authored by Jarrod Bailey, Ph.D., Project R&R's Science Director, and NEAVS' president Theodora Capaldo, Ed.D. with co-authors from the HSUS and BUAV. The piece provides scientific rebuttal of points made in favor of NHP research in the Nature editorial. In particular, it highlights evidence of the failure of chimpanzee use, citing data from Project R&R's investigations; addressing humane and ethical issues as well as promoting the use of scientifically superior alternatives. Read more...

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GAPA Update: Welcome Rep. James Moran (D-VA) and Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT)!

As of today, 28 representatives have signed on as cosponsors to the Great Ape Protection Act (GAPA), H.R. 5852. Thank you to all of you who are helping by contacting your legislators! Please continue to write to your legislator – either to ask them to become a cosponsor of the bill or to thank them for cosponsoring if they are already signed on. And remember, if you are interested in taking a more active role in helping pass GAPA, please contact Jennifer Campbell, Director of Member Services to learn about volunteering for Project R&R and current action items.

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Watch for us in this month's "Politics Issue" of the New Yorker

Our ad in this month's "Politics Issue" of the New Yorker (Oct. 13th) will be seen not only by millions of readers, but also: "6,000 copies were hand-delivered to key players on Capitol Hill – from Congressional offices to ... the many Committee members (i.e.: Foreign Relations). Specifically, the people running the country!" - New Yorker Magazine

Last year our poignant full page ad featuring Tom Chimpanzee in the New Yorker raised awareness on the plight of chimpanzees in research. We will continue to place these important print, banner and radio ads, and appreciate your support in helping to get the word out!

Action: Keeping Cloned Meats out of McDonalds

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article “Polls have shown most consumers are uncomfortable with the idea of eating products from cloned livestock, whether for health, ethical or environmental reasons. At the same time, products from the offspring of cloned animals are trickling into the food supply.” Read more...

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