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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has just released an official plan for the retirement to permanent sanctuary of the hundreds of government-owned and -supported chimpanzees, paving the way for the movement of these chimpanzees to commence in earnest. Back in November, after prior announcement...
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CALLING ALL FRIENDS of the ‘Yerkes 8’!

Ask yourself, “How can I help my friend?”

For over 30 years, the ‘Yerkes 8’-- Agatha, Abby, Tara, Faye, Elvira, Lucas..., Fritz, and Georgia (the eldest) -- have been held in the Yerkes’ labs. While there, caregivers and others developed mutual bonds with them. These human-chimpanzee relationships, built on heart and commitment, as are all relationships, were fostered to last a lifetime.

When you are a chimp’s friend, you are an essential part of their lives. Even with the passage of time, these ties remain powerful.

We are trying to locate as many friends of the ‘Yerkes 8’ as possible to help us advocate for their protection. If you worked with any of these chimps or know someone who did, please contact us at or call 617-523-6020 ext. 17, and help us advocate for Lucas, Fritz, Agatha, Abby, Tara, Faye, Elvira, and Georgia to stop them from being exported to an unaccredited overseas roadside zoo. Help us guarantee that they will be welcomed into the safety and protections of a U.S. licensed and accredited chimpanzee sanctuary.

(All correspondences will be held confidential!)

(Photo: Chimpanzees living in the safety of a U.S. sanctuary. ©JMcArthur/NEAVS)

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Agency is responding to congressional concerns about ethics

We've waited so long to finally hear these words: NIH to retire ALL research chimpanzees. There are no words to express our joy. Now we have to get them out of the labs! Please donate to your favorite primate sanctuary so room can be made for them all.…/nih-to-retire-all-research-chimpanz…

Fifty animals held in “reserve” by the US government will be sent to sanctuaries.
A recent article in Applied In Vitro Toxicology describes research demonstrating that a 3D human skin tissue model can reliably detect even very low levels of known skin sensitizers in medical devices.
Considered a nuisance throughout much of Cambodia, the long-tailed macaque might not seem like a species in need of protection.
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Rick Bogle added 3 new photos.

A new restraint tube, invented by a vet at UW-Madison. The monkey with her head in the tube is an infant rhesus macaque. The other is a common marmoset.

Chimps are social creatures who communicate and bond with one another, so they prefer to live in groups.
VICE News gets rare access to Europe's largest monkey testing lab, which tries to balance animal welfare with trying to find cures for the world's most deadly diseases.

A group of chimpanzees in a Texas laboratory who deserve retirement to sanctuary ASAP

Opal the chimpanzee is 34 years old and lives in an enclosure at the Southwest National Primate Research Center in San Antonio. Her medical file describes her as “light complexion, freckled, thin, big ears that stick out, white beard, green eyes." The file also states that she's endured 19 liver bio…

And in other news, LPAG's own Jessica Ganas, Director of Fundraising at Mindy's Memory Primate Sanctuary, spoke with News 9 about a baboon breeding facility run by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Pilot Jim Gardner spies some pretty amazing things as he flies around Oklahoma in Bob Mills SkyNews 9. But recently he flew over quite a sight out near El Reno, where hundreds of baboons live.

LPAG is a proud supporter of the HSUS campaign to raise emergency funds for the temporary care of the chimps abandoned in Liberia by the New York Blood Center. Click here to donate and for updates on efforts to pressure NYBC into doing the right thing

Help provide emergency support for chimpanzees abandoned in Liberia! Sixty six chimpanzees in Liberia, Africa have recently been abandoned by the New York Blood Center (NYBC) and are now in serious danger of dehydration and starvation without your help. Many of the chimpanzees were captured from...

Chimpanzees abandoned by the New York Blood Center in Liberia still need your help! To learn more about who they are and where they came from, watch this fantastic video by Vice

We traveled to remote Liberia to discover Monkey Island, an area inhabited solely by former lab-tested chimpanzees who survived disease and two civil wars.

Would you take a moment and do this if you haven't already? Thank you!

Important news for ALL monkeys in ALL labs …

The USDA is seeking public comment on a Rulemaking Petition for the psychological wellbeing of all primates in labs. The Petition, submitted by The New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA), the Laboratory Primate Advocacy Group (LPAG), and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) seeks to assure that curren...t law regarding promoting psychological well-being has clear regulatory definition that makes non-compliance enforceable and does not leave interpretation up to the labs.

USDA needs to hear from all of us, NOW since the comment period ends TUES 6/30! - Lend your voice by submitting your comments in support of the petition to Establish Criteria to Promote the Psychological Well-Being of Primates as required by the Animal Welfare Act. Ask the agency to fulfill its legal and humane imperative to make certain existing laws actually do help protect animals in labs. Please forward to your animal friends/family as well. Thank you!

Submit your comments at!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0098

You can simply cut and paste this comment:

"I'm writing to ask the USDA to accept the Rulemaking Petition to improve the conditions and psychological well-being of monkeys in labs. I care deeply about the plight of animals in labs. It's important for enforcement officers to have more information and regulations in order to do their job. Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this very important issue."

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The Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University has announced its donation of seven

Read the draft Fish and Wildlife Service final rule uplisting captive US chimpanzees to endangered. Summaries of public comments and FWS's responses begin on p67 of this version (the official publication will come out next week). Many of the comments and answers pertain to the concerns of the biomedical research industry.…/wha…/pdf/20150602_fR_chimp_To%20OFR.pdf