Project R&R’s mission is to end the use of chimpanzees in biomedical research and testing and to help provide them release and restitution in permanent sanctuary.
Some 1,200 chimpanzees are confined in U.S. laboratories. Some were wild-caught as babies in Africa, others were born in a lab or sent from zoos, circuses, and animal trainers. Some were taught to communicate using sign language or raised in family settings – only to be sent into biomedical experimentation when funding ran out, or they became too strong to manage.
For all of them, life in a lab means confinement, fear, suffering, trauma, stress, depression, and endless boredom.
Although chimpanzees have 96% of the same DNA as us, we now know that they – like all other species experimented on – differ significantly from humans. These differences can result in crucial disparities in the way viruses progress in chimpanzees and humans, and in how we respond to drugs and treatments.
1. Chimpanzee research is unethical.
2. Chimpanzee research is unnecessary.
3. There are alternatives to chimpanzee research.