About R&R

About R&R

About Project R&R

Project R&R: A Campaign of NEAVS

Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees is NEAVS’ national campaign to end the use of chimpanzees in invasive biomedical research, which has been achieved, and to provide them permanent release and restitution in sanctuary. The historic work of Project R&R has led to the first non-human species being afforded legal protection from use in harmful research.


The New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) has a long and distinguished record of working to end experimentation on all animals—including humans. NEAVS is a national organization that was founded in 1895 by a small group of prominent Boston citizens including physicians, lawyers, and the editor of the prestigious Boston Evening Transcript. The Society was formed in response to the growing threat of vivisection, including the opening of one of the nation’s first dedicated animal research laboratories at Harvard University, a short distance from NEAVS’ Boston-based office. Within its first month, NEAVS had 200 members, many with social activist backgrounds in the women’s suffrage and anti-slavery movements.

When NEAVS was founded in 1895, the founding mission was “to expose and oppose secret or painful experiments upon living animals, lunatics, paupers or criminals.” Ending research on humans was a goal that more than 100 years ago NEAVS founders could only see in the very distant future: a realized goal since in the U.S. there are now stringent safeguards to protect human research subjects.

NEAVS focuses on replacing animal experiments in laboratories and classrooms with ethically and scientifically superior alternatives. NEAVS works to change laws, policies, and practices that affect animals in laboratories, promote non-animal research and teaching methods, and support rescue efforts and permanent sanctuary for animals who make it out of research alive.

NEAVS’ headquarters are located in Boston, Massachusetts—a major U.S. hub for animal experimentation and the biotech industry. To learn more, please visit www.neavs.org

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