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3/20/09: Get Great Apes Out Of Laboratories
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Dear Representative and Senators:
The Great Ape Protection Act, HR 1326, is back on the legislative schedule.
Please support this bill to ban experimentation on great apes.
I respectfully ask my Representative to cosponsor HR 1326, which was
referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. I encourage my
Senators to endorse a companion bill that also terminates federal funding
for usage, breeding, and transport of great apes in invasive research.
The Great Ape Protection Act (GAPA) stipulates permanent retirement of all
federally controlled great apes — chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas,
orangutans, and gibbons — who have undergone invasive experiments. Austria,
the United Kingdom, Sweden, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and Japan already
forbid or restrict research on great apes. The United States should too.
Old-fashioned animal experiments often prove inapplicable to human health.
For example, researchers recognize chimpanzees do not contract human AIDS or
develop its clinical symptoms. Nonetheless, chimps are isolated for decades,
just to see what might happen if infected with human HIV.
Taxpayers have subsidized physiological, biomedical and behavioral research
on great apes since the 1950s. These redundant studies have failed to
produce tangible data for AIDS, Alzheimer’s, stroke, cancer, and other
diseases. Given the accessibility of equivalent non-animal technologies, any
facility that still uses primates is a disgrace.
In laboratories, electrodes are lodged in primates’ brains and spinal cords.
Seizures and infections are artificially induced. Toxic substances are
injected. Babies are forcibly separated from “breeding” monkeys. In a world
defined by metal bars and cement floors, animals display aberrant behaviors
such as repetitive banging, spitting, and feces smearing.
Renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall has shown that primates form social
unions and experience complex emotions. It is time to retire these sentient
creatures and keep pace with worldwide use of non-animal modalities. I urge
my elected officials to advocate passage of the Great Ape Protection Act.
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Federal: Bill Would Liberate Great Apes from Laboratory Cages
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