About R&R

About R&R

Why Support Project R&R

NEAVS’ national campaign, Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories, works to end the use of chimpanzees in research and retire them to sanctuary. NEAVS has long advocated that the scientific code of ethics for research must protect all species as it protects humans. Chimpanzees, acknowledged as so “like us,” are the species uniquely positioned to lead the way.

NEAVS’ devoted leadership, strategic planning, scientific research, and dedication to Project R&R, along with the groundswell of the national effort that has been inspired, will prevail in getting the first non-human species out of research!

From the beginning

In 2004, the precedent setting work of NEAVS’ Project R&R laid the foundation to end outmoded, unproductive, and unreliable research that uses chimpanzees in insufferable procedures. After having completeed the heavy lift of our research, introducing legislation and meeting scientific debate with winning arguments against the necessity or usefulness of chimpanzees for human health, Project R&R’s subsequent strategies continued to support the campaign. 

In September 2015, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announces it will give the same endangered status and protections to chimpanzees held in captivity as it does their free-living relatives in Africa. FWS Director, Dan Ashe, admits the split-listing had been a “mistake.” The decision reverses a decades-long policy that contributed to the inhumane and wasteful use of chimpanzees in biomedical research.


NEAVS’ leadership rests on expert opinion to generate key arguments, effective strategies and targeted campaigns against vivisection. NEAVS’ Board of Directors hold doctoral degrees in their professions (psychology, sociology, and law) and each member brings 35 years or more experience in animal protection. NEAVS’ Advisory Board includes individuals from law, veterinary medicine, toxicology and other specialties that provide insight in support of our mission. NEAVS’ Medical Advisory Board counsels us on all related medical issues, as gleaned from their education, training and experience. Finally, our specialized Project R&R Advisory Board is a line-up of U.S. and world experts on chimpanzees.  

NEAVS is fully committed to accountability. In 2014 we spent 77% of our budget on programs. By keeping overhead to a minimum, your donations have the greatest benefit for the animals we serve. Your donations for Project R&R support on-going initiatives to end chimpanzee research, provide sanctuary, and help fund our mission to end the use of all animals in all research, testing, and education.

Our commitment

The year of its launch, our Project R&R website won acclaim (Interactive Media Awards) for outstanding achievement in the animals/wildlife category.

Acknowledgments like this reflect our history of accomplishments, single-focused commitment to our mission, value to the animal protection movement, and allegiance to the integrity of our work. We are proud to have earned the confidence of our donors and ever increasing public support.  NEAVS works for the sake of the animals and for the benefit of humans who are waiting for treatments, preventions, and cures. NEAVS serves both by working to end the use of animals and replace them with humane and better science.  

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