Stop the use of Chimpanzees as Laboratory Animals

Target: Majority Leader Harry Reid

Goal: To support a bill which would end the use of chimpanzees as lab animals.

Despite the fact that chimpanzees are our closest relatives genetically, we continue to exploit these innocent creatures in laboratories across the United States. But this could soon change. A bill recently introduced in Congress would end the use of chimpanzees as laboratory animals, and rehabilitate the animals which have been imprisoned.

This proposal has three key aspects. First of all, the bill would require that the use of chimpanzees in both public and private laboratories phased out over time. A second even better provision requires that the five hundred animals currently kept in federal laboratories be released to chimpanzee sanctuaries across the country. Animals which have spent fifty or sixty years in a forty nine square foot cage would now be liberated and live in areas specially designed to accommodate their needs. The bill also would prohibit individuals from breeding chimpanzees for research.

Not only is this bill a major step forward for animal rights, it also makes great economic sense. Only twenty percent of the chimpanzees currently used in laboratories are actually used in research. Two hundred million dollars went to funding this abhorrent practice over the past ten years. Eliminating chimps from laboratories would ensure that these tax dollars are spent elsewhere.

But the bottom line is that this bill would greatly increase the standard of living for hundreds of animals. When a chimpanzee is placed in a stressful and inhumane environment, they suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and depression, just as we do. The United States is the only industrialized nation which still uses chimpanzees for large scale invasive research. Speak up and tell Congress that this proposal will save the lives of innocent animals, as well as save millions of dollars.

Dear Majority Leader Harry Reid,

The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act is not only important for chimpanzees, but also the average American. Not only does this proposal bring the United States up to the animal rights standards of other countries, it also makes sense economically.

The bill proposes that chimpanzees and other great apes are gradually phased out of use in public and private laboratories. The nearly five hundred animals which are currently in federal funded institutions would be released to sanctuaries, and breeding chimpanzees for research would be prohibited.

The United States is the only industrialized nation in the entire world that continues to use chimpanzees for large scale research. Many of the experiments that are conducted on these animals could be done at lower costs without the suffering that these animals endure. These chimps are confined to seven by seven foot cages for fifty or sixty years, and often suffer post traumatic stress disorder and depression as a result.

Not only is this bill a major step forward for animal rights, it also makes great economic sense. Only twenty percent of the chimpanzees currently used in laboratories are actually used in research. Two hundred million dollars went to funding this abhorrent practice over the past ten years. Eliminating chimps from laboratories would ensure that these tax dollars are spent elsewhere.

I ask for you and your party support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, which has benefits for both great apes and their human counterparts.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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  1. TO MY FELLOW SIGNERS: I support two wonderful sanctuaries that take in many of these chimps after these research labs have used them up. In addition to signing this petition, please Google and consider supporting the work of both Chimp Haven in Keithville LA, and the Center For Great Apes in Wauchula FL. Until the research stops once and for all, these poor animals deserve a safe place to retire to live out the rest of their lives with others of their own kind in natural surroundings with dignity.

  2. Zelda Penzel says:

    It is long past time to end the exploitation and suffering of these sentient beings. Government agencies regularly set-policy, interfere and meddle without any justifiable reason whatsoever, on behalf of agri-business/ranchers and bio/chemical/pharma/hunting industries; the effects on wildlife and human life have been devasatating. It is now and still remains a problem of gigantic proportions, of the influence of corporate money in politics and its effect on all our lives.

  3. mike rollo says:

    why are they using chimps when prisons are over loaded with murderers and rapists.Use them for you cruel experiments , Chimps are innocent ,these men are not

  4. Malithi Wijayathilaka says:

    Animal experimentation is a multi billion dollar business that is so corrupt,unethical and is based on
    extremely inaccuracy science that has detrimental effects on the health and safety of both animals and humans alike.
    A change in public opinion is the only thing that is going to stop this harmful practice.

  5. Christine Stewart says:

    Someone recently looked at many years of research that used chimpanzees- and found that virtually NONE of the experiments helped humans at all! Please release these chimps to sanctuaries and use all possible non-animal alternatives in research.

  6. I support protecting the chimps and other animals agianst animal testing.

  7. “Sure, humankind, go ahead, separate our family, we don’t mind at all, we have no feelings. We don’t need each other, or to live as the Creator intended. Take our babies, they don’t have feelings. We like being hurt. If we didn’t like it, we’d tell you!” This is what I imagine goes on in the mind of animal researchers and the people who actually beak up chimpanzee families. They’ll get theirs…

  8. Primate abuse is not progress.

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