Target: Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture for the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Goal: Ban the use of primates for laboratory experimentation.
Every year in the United States more than 100,000 primates are captured and kept in labs, where they endure painful and invasive experiments. It is a scientific fact that primates are highly functioning and sentient beings. They have the ability to feel a wide range of emotions, including fear. They are the closest relaive to humans that exists, which unfortunately makes them prime experimentation material. Unfortunately and disgustingly, the United States is one of only two countries that still allows experimentation on chimpanzees. Primates deserve respect, not to be treated like pieces of meat.
During their imprisonment, the primates endure horrors that need to be brought to light. The most common issue these primates face is deprivation, both from other primates and from their natural habitats. Primates, like humans, are social creatures and need to be in the company of their kind to thrive. Being taken from their families and habitats causes a myriad of psychological problems and often causes insanity. When the actual lab experimentation is taken into account, the conditions become horrific. Horribly invasive and painful techniques and experiments, including vaccine testing, military experimentation, brain experimentation, and forced deprivation techniques, from food to family: these are the terrifying realities these primates face everyday. We need to stop this. Animals aren’t ours to use however we want. They are sentient beings who deserve the right to life.
Dear Secretary Vilsack,
The Animal Welfare Act is not sufficient in protecting primates from the conditions they face everyday. The Animal Welfare Act and the Department of Agriculture’s job is to protect animals from torturous conditions. The USDA is simply not performing its duty to protect animals from enduring these unacceptable practices. I find it disgusting that the United States is one of the only countries in the world that still allows experimentation on chimpanzees.
Animals need to be left alone. The mistreatment of animals in the United States is revolting. Primates are highly intelligent beings and it is nothing short of abuse to allow these practices to continue. I urge you and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to review my words and take action against this experimentation.
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