Saturday, November 7, 2009

A message from Theodora Capaldo, President of NEAVS

Dear NEAVS Board, Project R&R Advisory Board, and Special Friends:

I wanted to share the message I just received from one of the editors of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, in which first NEAVS/Project R&R’s first psychology paper, Building an Inner Sanctuary: Complex PTSD in Chimpanzees, was published in the 9(1) issue. I have forwarded his message below; see especially the section we highlighted. I hope you share our pride in the good work we are doing and the recognition it is receiving. Given that journal editors can be somewhat traditional, we are particularly pleased by the journal’s response. The paper – and our strategy to “fight science with science” – is obviously hitting its mark. I want to take this opportunity to again thank the authors and coauthors on all of the papers we have published to date.

And, thanks to all of you for helping us build the support necessary to challenge the science, ethics, and economics of the use of chimpanzees in research. With 87 cosponsors (to date) on board for the Great Ape Protection Act – a number that is growing weekly – we are getting closer to the day when this cruel and unnecessary research ends for good.

Theodora Capaldo, Ed.D.

New England Anti-Vivisection Society
Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories

From: Beppler, Sean
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 2:56 PM
To: Release Chimps
Subject: Building an Inner Sanctuary: Complex PTSD in Chimpanzees


Regarding the publication: Building an Inner Sanctuary: Complex PTSD in Chimpanzees, G.A. Bradshaw, Ph.D., Ph.D, Theodora Capaldo, Ed.D., Lorin Lindner, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Gloria Grow, Sanctuary Director; published in Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, vol 9, iss 1, 2008; which is already linked to on your homepage –

I wished to let you know that this article has been made freely accessible. Currently, your link goes to an executive summary of the article, which is fine, but if you care to, you’re free to link to the full article at:

I would only ask that you link to this article, rather than posting the pdf of the full article on your site.

After we were made aware that this article had been published, what it dealt with, and that there were advocates pushing to pass a law preventing some forms of research on chimpanzees based in part on this work, we realized there was no reason to withhold access.

We wish you the best,


Sean Beppler

Associate Editor

Taylor & Francis

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