SOURCE: New England Anti-Vivisection Society

March 22, 2007 15:19 ET

Chicago Event Spotlights Chimpanzee Research and Rescue

Featuring Gloria Grow, of PBS' "Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History"

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 22, 2007 -- Ewire -- Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories, a national campaign of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society, one of the nation's oldest animal protection organizations, has chosen Chicago, Illinois as its Midwest stop for its educational tour: In Their Own Words - Stories of Chimpanzees from Research to Sanctuary.

This one night only program will present unique and inspiring stories of chimpanzees rescued from research and brought to sanctuary. Project R&R, a campaign to end the use of chimpanzees in research, will be hosting the program at Chicago's Cultural Center on March 22nd, 2007 at 7:30 pm.

Gloria Grow, founder and director of the Fauna Foundation and Project R&R Honorary Co-Chair, will present along with former laboratory worker Nancy Megna. Ms. Grow was recently featured on a PBS Nature documentary, "Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History."

Theodora Capaldo, Ed.D, executive director of Project R&R notes, "We are eager to bring this program to Chicago -- a cultural center on the cutting edge of environmental and animal issues that is also home to several major universities, including the nation's largest medical school. We hope to inspire students, faculty, legislators, community leaders and the public to question long-held assumptions regarding the use of chimpanzees in biomedical research and testing."


Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories (


In Their Own Words: Stories of Chimpanzees Rescued from Research to Sanctuary.

--  Theodora Capaldo, Ed.D. - President of the New England Anti-
    Vivisection Society and Executive Director of Project R&R
--  Nancy Megna - Former Yerkes and LEMSIP lab worker
--  Gloria Grow - Founder/Director, Fauna Foundation sanctuary

Chicago Cultural Center (Claudia Cassidy Theatre)


Thursday, March 22nd - 7:30 pm doors open, 8pm program begins


Photo opportunities will be available the night of event with speakers.

Project R&R is a national campaign designed to mobilize public support to end the use of chimpanzees in U.S. labs and place them in permanent sanctuary.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Karen Smith
    617.523.6020 x17

    Theo Capaldo, Ed.D