Together with our affiliates, we work for animals through many different channels—driving lawmaking to protect animals, ensuring that these laws are enforced, negotiating agreements with big companies, calling out cruelty wherever we see it, shaping public attitudes and elevating the status of animals in society. And each year, thousands of animals come to us in desperate need of healing, which skilled staff and volunteers at our animal care centers provide.
2015 was a landmark year for chimps: September 14 marked the effective end of unrestricted invasive experiments on chimpanzees. All chimps, both wild and captive, were listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) after a decades-long fight to end the use of chimpanzees in laboratory research. Project Chimps provides lifetime care to former research chimpanzees in a sanctuary on 236-acres of forested land in the Blue Ridge Mountains.